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The loose watercolours just weren’t getting the love from my kiddos/critics, so here is a compromise daisy. Not too tight, not too loose.

 

 

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Something a little different today…

 

 

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Another loose flower ala Jean Haines…

 

 

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More loosey goosey flowers ala Jean Haines…

 

 

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Trying to get the hang of loosening up by doing another Jean Haines demo. Funny how it looked soooo easy in the book, LOL!

 

 

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Having fun with the coneflower…

 

 

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I don’t believe in coincidences, God has a plan for everything even if we can’t see it. I signed up for the MADE ecourse for Christian creatives long before I decided to do 30 in 30. When I decided to do 30 in 30 I didn’t plan to choose learning to loosen up as a theme, it just sort of happened. Well, guess what the first theme for MADE is? Free. I decide to free up my watercolours and this pops up. Today I meant to paint a bouquet of flowers. I started splashing on the paint and saw a tree instead. Why not? My painting turned into a tree. Fits today’s topic of trust. I didn’t plan today, just tossed on some greens, literally blew in a few branches and trusted the process. A drip even started the form of the trunk!

 

 

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I have a theory about myself and my daily painting/ drawing or lack there of. I am a bit stubborn and easily bored. I seem to be able to stick with a challenge if it is something I am interested in or want to learn. I think that is why I stuck with EDinM the year I decided to learn to draw manga, the EDinM I focused on buildings, Brenda Swensen’s 75 Day Direct Ink challenge, and the beginning of this year when I tackled painting people directly in brush pen and chalk on toned paper. It’s also why I fizzled out on the last two EDinMs where the subject matter was prechosen for me. I could never really work up the enthusiasm for subjects or challenges I hadn’t chosen. I know, a bit spoiled and definitely stubborn but that is how my brain works.

We’ll see if my theory holds with this 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge. As I said in previous posts, even though I am a tight painter I loooove the look of loose watercolours. So I am going to try to use this challenge to learn to loosen up. Since this is the opposite of how my brain works, I am starting off by following a few demos. When I first started blogging this is how I started off learning to draw manga. I think it is a classic and wonderfully productive way to learn. After copying a few manga demos (always crediting the sources) I was off and running on my own- now I have my little chibi alter ego scattered throughout my journals and artwork. However, somewhere along the way I ran across the idea that this was frowned upon and not to be posted. Still I think it is a great way to learn, so my painting today is from a demo by Vickie Henderson, http://vickiehendersonsketchbook.blogspot.com/2011/08/coneflowers-wet-in-wet-and-colors-of.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I confess, I am a tight painter. Loosening up and just letting accidents happen is next to impossible for me. I tried that yesterday and the painting was blah. I am determined to get the hang of painting loose, so today is a rosé study based on a demo by Jean Haines. It is not as loose as I want to be, but it is getting there…

 

 

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For my birthday my dad sent me a dozen of the loveliest orange/red roses. I know red roses are a classic, but I prefer the more unusual colors. R3 threatened to steal some of my roses and take them up to her room since they smell soooo good. Dad heard about it and today the florist delivered another dozen just for her! I put this off until really late in the day so it is just a quick, loose sketch….

 

 

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