Today I attempted another watercolor landscape. This view was similar to the one I painted yesterday, but from a different angle and during the fall season when the foliage was brighter. Unfortunately, I got a hung up on the multitude of colors and details. Rather than deciding it was a total fail, I decided to try using the colored pencils (and ebony) to define some larger areas that seemed to get lost in the minutia. Although better as a drawing than a painting, I still found parts of the piece unpleasant. It’s a process, and sometimes the failures are better teachers than the successes. A cropped portion of the whole landscape features the willow and the downhill road in front of our yard.
It’s probably safe to say I would need to invest a great deal of time and effort to become a painter of any kind. For now an occasional landscape or still life in watercolor may be all I can handle. My drawing skills and design sense have always been my strengths. Most likely I will concentrate on improving those areas first.