Something Primary

I was in another “playful” painting mood today. With everything going on, the trips to help my sister, and a lot of other things to do, I find it difficult to get into a painterly state of mind. I don’t want to spend a lot of time drawing scenes or thinking too much about what I’m going to paint.

When I grabbed my paints for this watercolor, I had thoughts of painting flowers. My husband had brought home a beautiful bouquet. When I reached for my brushes, though, I felt that painting flowers would require more thought and effort than I wanted to invest.

Instead, I just grabbed red — for roses — and began washing color on the paper. I dabbed out a few flowery shapes with tissue, and I liked the effect, but I wanted more color. So I reached for blue. And then to finish out the primary triad, I added in a bit of yellow.

Watercolor 160722 Primary Colors (2)

I suppose it could be flowers, or maybe it’s raindrops, or maybe it’s a sky with sunlight shining through. It doesn’t really know what it wants to be, but that’s all right.

Over the next few days, I’ll be on the road quite a bit. There won’t be much time for painting. It’s nice to pick up a brush and simple play with watercolors. It’s all part of the same artistic journey, and even though it might appear as though I’m doing little, I think taking a break from my art studies is a good thing right now. I’m hoping once things settle down a bit and I resume my lessons, I’ll make swift strides in many areas.

Until then, I’m going to have fun playing with my paints and brushes.


  1. The painting’s energy is a rainy feeling for me, or maybe because it is raining here now. Though rain is the primary feeling, as a whole it is happy, bright and full of possibilities. πŸ™‚

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  2. We can have different “painterly” moods (I like that word πŸ™‚ ). And it is good to paint your feelings. Work has been stressful for me, and I am finding my painting time more and more relaxing. I’m just glad you put brush and paint to paper. Sometimes that’s all we need. I get it! Hope things get better with your sis.

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    1. I’m so worn out right now, Jodi. I’ll be getting up and hitting the road early tomorrow. My sister needs a lot of help right now, and while I’m visiting she wants me to go through drawers and closets looking for some things she’s misplaced. I still enjoy picking up a brush in the evenings. I just don’t feel like putting a lot of effort — or thought — into what goes onto the paper. For now, that’s all right. Just seeing different effects with colors is enjoyable. Thank you so much for all the good thoughts.

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  3. Take care of yourself as you deal with all the travelling and the situation with your sister, stressful times. At least you have a wonderful outlet with your painting! going loose and just playing with paint is the perfect way to release stress. ❀

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    1. Thanks, Margaret. Yes, it’s a pleasure to just wash water and color over paper without much thought toward what’s being created. I’m so tired right now, I just want to curl up and rest. I’ll be on the road again early tomorrow.

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    1. Thanks, Dawn. Yes, I think things are about as smooth as they’re going to be for a while. Driving to St. Joseph is going to be part of my regular routine for a while. She needs help beyond the care she gets from the staff…help with things like shopping. I’m glad I can be there at least a couple times a week.

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      1. I was feeling so much that way yesterday. When I got to St. Joseph, she was sick in bed. For the first hour she didn’t even know I was there. I was thinking…why don’t I just go home? Of course, I’m glad I stayed and ran errands for her. We were able to get some things done that she needed. Today I am taking a break. I’m going to clean my watercolor palette, fill it with fresh paints, and just take it easy as much as possible. πŸ™‚

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