One of the most fun and beneficial things I do is to “play” with watercolor. You could call it “making abstract paintings”, but that makes it sound like there’s intention involved. Seriously, when I play with watercolor, I am really PLAYING! I just start with one color, any color, and then put down another, responding to each color and shape (if there is one) that gets put down on paper. It is a great way to rev up the ‘ole creative engines for the more intentional paintings, or to learn about how watercolor behaves, or to just have a no-stress paint sesh (“sesh” is a word I’m using a lot lately due to my skateboarding 7th grader! A skate “sesh” is a skateboarding session: a few minutes or several hours of skating.)
So, if you approach a watercolor play “sesh” with an eye toward learning how watercolor behaves, you can discover all kinds of things: like how hard and soft edges are formed, how colors mingle and mix to make other colors, how blooms are made, how you get drybrush effects, scraping, spattering, drips, etc. It’s loads of fun too!
I’m headed off to the beach with the fam and the whole extended fam on my husband’s side…we do this every year: the pater and mater familias get a big house on the ocean and all the siblings and their spouses and children pile in for one whole week! I’m taking, of course, my sketchbook along, as well as this beauty:
It’s a ukulele!! My parents got it for me for my birthday (which isn’t until the end of July, but hey! This way I get to celebrate all summer long, right? THANKS MOM & DAD!!) My 15 year old daughter also just got one, so she and i will be strumming by the ocean in true ukulele style! Seriously, folks, I’ve never played a fretted instrument (only the violin, for years as a child and for a time as an adult) but this will be an adventure in being a total newbie!! I promise to return from beach/ukulele heaven and continue the portrait journey. Maybe I’ll even paint some portraits of my daughter and I playing our new ukes! Hee! Hee!
**I can’t decide whether I’m more excited about learning to play the ukulele or about all the drawings and paintings that will ensue!:)