The Emerald Casket

In the Flow Watercolor Reset

I took a break from painting after the two challenges I worked on (#icad2020 & #100dayproject). I thought about painting and what I want to do next. I’m still working on that list. However, I wasn’t committing to putting anything on paper or canvas. So, when I saw a free four-day challenge to dive into watercolor, I took it, even though the challenge is to produce very basic shapes, etc. Here’s what I’ve done so far…

Day 1

The challenge was to paint some basic iconic shapes and play with the paint, letting it bleed this way and that. It took only a few minutes but offended my sensibilities because I wanted to do more. 🙂

Day 2

This challenge was to produce some simple flowers. I liked this better because flowers are a favorite of mine to paint. I especially like the coneflower on the left because I layered different colors together—and it turned out really pretty!

Day 3

The challenge was to produce Mexican milagro-style hearts, which required some doodling on top of the watercolor. Loved it. Will do this again, but will strive for a better painting next time!

And as happens when I’m painting, one painting makes my fingers itch to paint the next. I produced these quick paintings during the challenge…

For this one, I watercolored three strips—blue, green, and gray—then used gouache to paint the poppies on top of the gray and add dimension to the green field.

This is a water-doodle. My sister gave me a little fabric jewelry bag with this pattern on it, and I had to try to reproduce it. Not too shabby. The colors really pop.

4 comments to “In the Flow Watercolor Reset”

  1. Sheila Bonuso
    August 28th, 2020 at 1:54 pm · Link

    I love your artist talent. I am a little bit jealous. 😀

  2. Delilah Devlin
    August 28th, 2020 at 2:21 pm · Link

    Thank you!! I always feel inadequate, because my mom was a “real” artist. I doodle. LOL

  3. ButtonsMom2003
    August 29th, 2020 at 3:46 am · Link

    I LOVE all of these! I love the watercolors you do and these are really bright and beautiful!

  4. Delilah Devlin
    August 29th, 2020 at 5:02 pm · Link

    Thanks so much, Susan!!