Make no. 22: Winter birch watercolour

Well, this is a bit of a weird one to post when it’s 30 degrees outside, but never mind!

A couple of months ago our art teacher charged us with the task of reproducing a landscape picture in watercolour, using only three colours to mix from. She’s mean. And awesome. I can see where she was asking us to put our focus: framing a part of a picture, accuracy in perspective, the effect of distance and of course the concoction of our own hues, saturations and values in finding the right colours (which needn’t be those in the photograph).




I had the sky and background shore completed in class, but it took me weeks to pluck up the courage to tackle the water, trees and foreground. Still, paper doesn’t go off, does it. There are a lot of things I’d do differently next time, but I’m happy I finished it.

As Thich Naht Hahn says, there can be no learning without mistakes.

Have a lovely day, however you are spending it.

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