Tag: Thoughts



And I’ve been dancing in it!

Well, it rained for about five minutes this morning whilst I was driving, but I was still dancing in the car… thus in the rain! I soon had to stop, however, as when I switched on my windscreen wipers, the windscreen was smeared and caked in a thick, gloopy, muddy layer. A quick windscreen-swill later, and my vision was restored; although the rain was gone.

A grey day remained – which was fabulous! I’m not too keen on it being too hot.

Today’s watercolour, my thirteenth, took less than ten minutes to do. What do you mean ‘I can tell!’? I’ll have you know that this is a wet on wet painting, so it had to be quick. I pretended to be painting it in the rain, and one wouldn’t really want to be doing that for long, would one? I also allowed the paint to do what it wanted, after I’d given it a gentle push.

It does have a wet look, which I quite like, and I also like the reflections (I think I like painting reflections – I wonder if there’s a meaning in that somewhere?) but it is also intended to have an abstract feel to it. Well, it has to have, really, hasn’t it?

Not all watercolours need to be scenes though, so 13/13 for #WorldWatercolorMonth is a view of something through the rain.

Harsh Sunset

And another hour goes by. And another day, according to my latest sploshing of colour for #WorldWatercolorMonth – my eighth now, in eight days! I think some of the blending of the colours in this attempt is OK, but some are shockingly terrible. The land on the horizon still needs work, and the clouds need touching up just a tad. The water looks like parched land – well, that’s how it looks around here at the moment – a little too solid for water, but I can live with that… even though it’s meant to be water. The seagulls indicate water is around somewhere – we can pretend we are out to sea looking into land, instead of looking across a wide bay somewhere.

It’s a good thing the imagination can step in when needed!

The clouds are here for show

To dream of rain
To clear the air
To dampen down the land
Seems such a shame
Perhaps unfair
But necessary, understand

With scorching Sun
And searing heat
And an everlasting thirst
It becomes less fun
When one must retreat
But find a cool spot first!

But just a drop
Not a lot
Enough to freshen up
So Summer stays
With long warm days
And clouds to top it off

A Summery Six Word Saturday post.

Pebbles by the Shore

I don’t think the flash on my cracked mobile phone likes my watercolour paintings. Or maybe it’s my computer screen, which seems to enhance every flaw in the painting as it displays it at 500% magnification. Although maybe, it may be my slightly less than perfect eyesight which tricks me into believing that the watercolour looks done, when it well and truly isn’t.

Having only an hour to paint these, though, it’s hardly surprising they’re rushed and unfinished, but, and this is a big but, practice makes perfect. If I can paint a spectacular watercolour in an hour, I’ll be happy. If I can paint a spectacular watercolour in an hour I’ll also be a miracle worker, but we’ll not go there. Not this time.

The alternative title to this watercolour was going to be ‘boulders by the shore’ but it didn’t garner the kind of image I was going for.

All that said, I had great fun once again creating this picture for #WorldWatercolorMonth. It really is a splendid way to spend an hour, regardless of the end result!

And by my reckoning, that makes it seven out of seven. I’m doing fabulous!