So after my 28 Flowers in 28 Days Challenge, here is what I've learned....
1. Painting negative shapes can really bring a painting to life.
2. The best greens come from mixing colors. (Although I love Sap Green)
4. A spray bottle is handy for wetting your paints and paper.
5. It helps to have multiple surface areas to rotate paintings your working on.
6. A space heater comes in handy for not only staying warm, but for a quick dry also.
7. Always have a plan before you paint.
8. "Uglies" (i.e. bad paintings) are inevitable and necessary to appreciate the "beauties".
9. Step away from your painting frequently to critique it.
10. Paintings photograph best on an overcast day outside.
11. Jack Johnson is wonderful music to listen to while painting.
12. Dog noses smear dry paintings.
I had someone ask me if I would do this again.....my answer was yes, I would, but not for another year. But now I think this challenge makes me want to paint as much as I can because I've grown as a watercolor artist and have learned so much by painting daily.
Those who follow my blog may have noticed I haven't posted anything in a month. My focus turned to my son's school yearbook which I am the advisor for and today is my deadline. After today, I'll be continuing work on a piece which is meant to be kept secret. I'll post it once it's been given to the recipient.
So thanks again to all who followed my challenge and supported me through your wonderful comments and critiques. A special thank you to those who purchased one or more of my paintings from this challenge. And a extra special thank you to Maria Reichert at Maria's Watercolor for prompting me to take on a 28 days painting challenge in February!