Getting overconfident

«Now I’ve learned watercolour painting!»

«Every painting from now on are going to be great!»

That’s probably the thoughts that’s been spinning in my head after doing my first five or six watercolour paintings.

With a tutorial video at hand, they’ve all turned out better than expected.

So I’ve felt like I’ve been on a watercolour high for several weeks.

Now I’ve been grounded again.

After a disappointing painting last time (and shown in my last post), I wanted to get back to the painting room as quickly as possible to get back the good feeling.

This is based on a tutorial video by Tim Wilmot, by the way, and was painted about a week ago.

Loose sketch

So I did an initial sketch with some cars on a parking lot and some buildings in the background.

Already I was so eager to get on with the painting that I didn’t do the sketch properly.

The cars aren’t good enough. I knew it, but I chose to ignore it.

«I’ll compensate for it when I start painting»..

Also, I’ve been doing good drawing with a loose style lately, which I think makes the whole paintings better.

I thought that after several paintings being able to draw in this style, I’d learned it for good.

Well, I hadn’t.

I couldn’t get it right this time, and the drawing are way to detailed.

The lines are to sharp and the shapes of the people are too clear.

Well, it is what it is, on to the wash!

Wash

Doing a tutorial, I try to get in the same colours as shown on the video.

What I’ve found is that this makes me spend too much time blending the right colours after I’ve started the wash.

That makes the paint on the paper dry before I get in the next colour.

That makes them not blend well on the paper, and mess up the wash.

Painting

Anyway, the wash was done, and I started on my second layer.

And wouldn’t you believe it, it turned out too dark again…. (it drives me crazy!)

I just put on paint without thinking, and then it’s to late.

Personally, I think it’s because I’ve gotten overconfident.

Thinking that everything will turn out good now because «Now I’ve learned watercolour painting!».

The cars are also way to detailed, painted to sharp and the shadows beneath them are basically a catastrophe!

So I decided to pull the plug on this one.

It was ruined, and I have to take it as an important lesson.

I don’t now how to paint with watercolour yet.

And this painting really made it clear!

Now, on to the next one

6 thoughts on “Getting overconfident

  1. Hey, Kim, all of us have paintings that don’t turn out the way we want them to, even after painting many years. Watercolor sometimes seems to have a life of its own; painting in watercolor is often a process of managing the probabilities. (E.g. I’ve used this yellow enough to know it will push into this blue, but how much and in what direction is always different.) “Failed” paintings are learning opportunities. Have you ever tried putting one of these paintings in the sink under running water to take off most of the pigment? (Don’t scrub the paper, but you can take a soft sponge or a brush and gently stir the surface to get the pigment to lift if necessary.) Sometime starting again on the same piece of paper works better than the first time.
    I’m enjoying watching your learning journey. Thanks for sharing with us.

    1. Thank you, Ruth ☺ I know, and I do think of failed paintings as another lesson/experience richer. I just hate it when my hopes are high, and suddenly I’m straight back on the ground 😉 But one of the things I like most about watercolour are the uncontrollability. The way it all blends together and how it lives it’s own life on the paper ☺ I’ve never tried putting used paper in the sink, no. I’ve just thought of it as a used paper and thrown it away. It sounds more economic to reuse it, though ☺

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