Watercolour Painting – A New Hobby

Karen over at BlueSkyDays365 is also on a creative journey with watercolours and prompted this post.

Having decided I’d like to paint I had hoped to join the local English art group, but like most things in life it’s not what you know it’s who you know. Apparently, according to a group member, it was ‘full’ so a ‘closed’ group. I could not even extract the contact details of the teacher to put my name down on a waiting list. Enough said.

So, you can imagine my absolute delight when many months later a friend of a friend told me an art teacher in the next village had a vacancy and she had put my name forward. I started last October and have not looked back since.

Although the class is mainly conducted in German with a little English thrown in, I love it. The women are really friendly and I immediately bonded with the group and teacher.

My first exercise was to draw flowers. Real flowers. The moment the teacher looked at me and said we draw flowers from ‘real life’ as they have ‘soul’, I knew I’d found the right teacher for me and some things are just meant to be!

My first lesson

A Osteospermum daisy picked fresh the garden the lesson began. How well could I draw before I started to paint.

How to draw a daisy
How to draw a Osteospermum daisy

After several weeks and many attempts, I managed to achieve this. Unfortunately, the other drawing I produced is still up on the wall in the studio so these two examples will need to suffice.

pencil drawing of daisy
pencil drawing of daisy

My next challenge

Daisy composition
Osteospermum Daisy composition

Live daisies with soul.

This was tough!
I decided to go abstract. Choose my own colours and go with my own composition.

Painting the daisies
Painting the daisies

I painted a rough outline of the pot and flowers, then using watercolours I painted the daisies and started to create the background. It is amazing how much can be achieved using paint, adding more water to the paint once on the page, then dabbing with a rag or tissue to create texture and depth.

and finally
Crazy Daisies

Crazy Daisies
Crazy Daisies

After a month’s break, I am back at the class, have started a new project and am already planning my next.

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13 thoughts on “Watercolour Painting – A New Hobby

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  1. If you are OK at painting but can’t draw (like me) then download the AR-Lucida app on your tablet or phone. You may have to invest in a clamp to hold the device above the paper/canvas but it allows you to “project” a photo on the paper so that you can draw the outline.

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  2. Very nice. The drawing is great, as is the finished painting. I took some art classes years ago. There are times I’d like to pick it up again… Keep at it and keep having fun 🙂

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  3. Wow this is really great, Carole! Truly you are talented. I’m so glad that you found an art group where you’re happy.

    Rumi has a wonderful quote you may like on creativity: “If joy could talk this is what she would say, it was love that gave birth to me.”

    Blessings to you Carole. Thanks for sharing!
    Debbie

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  4. Oh well done, I love your crazy daisies. I would love to be able to paint and now and then I try flower painting but I am always dissatisfied with the results. What a good idea to find a good teacher and a supportive group.

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  5. You’re very talented Carole, the flowers look gorgeous. So wonderful that you managed to get into an art group where you feel comfortable.
    I used to have an art group when I lived in Portugal and we would do all sorts of crafts, but haven’t found anything similar here so I’ve stopped crafting and painting which I miss.

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      1. Oh, they may have naturalized. When the more colorful and shrubbier types became available, some were hesitant to grow them because they were identified with freeway landscapes. Their genus name is Osteospermum. Those that used to grow on freeways, which might be more similar to what your are, is Osteospermum fruticosum. The shrubbier types that were only rarely available back then, that are more like the modern cultivars, were Osteospermum ecklonis. Many of the modern cultivars are unidentified hybrids that are known merely by their cultivar names.

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