World Watercolor Month is here, and I’m looking forward to doing a watercolor each day. I actually started a day early so I’d be able to post a painting for today. I know I’ll improve over the next thirty days, yet I have to say I’m disappointed with today’s efforts.
Oh, there’s a lot I like about it. I like the sky. I like the distant mountains. I like some of the trees, too. But I don’t like the little house and outbuilding. I don’t like the fence either. Once I added those, I liked the painting less and less, and each time I tried to “make it better” in some way, I ended up making it worse.
Unlike a lot of my paintings, I didn’t start with any drawing but just decided to “wing it”. I had a vague idea in my head. A sky, a mountain, a little farmhouse. It was intended to be a bit of a challenge because I’m not good at buildings of any sort. Once I’d painted the sky and the mountains, I added the most distant trees. I did let the painting dry, and then I used a graphite pencil to lightly sketch in the two buildings, trying to gauge the right size.
After that, it all went downhill. I put in a fence — for no good reason — had no idea where to begin or end, and then tried adding in a tall tree beside the house.
It could be worse, I know.
I suppose the best way to learn to paint houses and barns and other buildings is to simply keep doing them, so you’ll probably see more farm scenes over the next thirty days. And yes, I will get better.