I’ll try to make this short. I tend to write forever about nothing and in an unorganized manner. I had my 2nd ACL (anterior Cruciate Ligament) surgery on Friday. The first part of me didn’t know what to expect. The 2nd part was that this was my 2nd time, so it will be a piece of cake.
I feel like there’s always anxiety when you come to such a major milestone in your life such as knee surgery. I really don’t know what the rest of 2019 will hold for me. I can only concentrate on things that I have control over.
One of my year goals is to start painting. There are a lot of bad examples of watercolor on Google. It is a good thing that I always had a few artists in my mind when I think about water color. I really enjoy David Levine and Andrew Wyeth. That’s all the artists I can think about right now. I need to research more on this subject. When I think about watercolor, I think about flowers and vibrant/happy colors representing a picture or something painted to an almost photographic quality. I haven’t seen anything that’s very inspiring within the watercolor community. This is my amateur opinion. What I’m trying to say is I haven’t seen the art that I would like to see within the medium, besides Levine and Wyeth.
What am I doing? I am teaching myself to paint. I have a bunch of water color instructional books, paper, and all of 2019. By the end of the year. I hope to be proficient and confident in the medium, not expert. I would like to do postcards and travel sketches so I can send to friends or possibly make a book. I also want to paint the things I want to see. Like Jiu Jitsu moves, and food.
Here are a few pieces. I made color swatches. (Image above) Why? What’s not explained to a normal person. Is that you can’t just paint straight from the tube, well you can but the color’s intensity tends to be too strong. A David Levine study and my Seattle magnet.