Monday, March 30, 2009

Beach Family

I spent a happy few hours yesterday painting the Different Strokes from Different Folks project, and blew out some of the doubts and negative energies that have been assailing me, though I must say for the first hour or so my overriding sensation was one of fear and panic - performance anxiety? Until little things started happening with the watercolour like
<--this and
<--this
which just made me remember how I love this stuff and to enjoy the process. I've also been devouring various articles, such as the latest Painter's Keys clickback and Karin Jurick's pep talk on motivation on DSFDS, which addressed many of my ponderings, and dipping into my copy of Art & Fear... it's wonderful how you can send out a little SOS to the world at large, and the answers come flowing in.

13 comments:

Sandy Maudlin said...

Great painting and design. Can tell you loved those reflections. Wonderful.

laura said...

Beautiful--you always do figures so well, but the water is remarkable! And thanks for the closeups--absolutely gorgeous.

Sharon said...

Oh my - this is gorgeous, I love how you can see the light reflection off the water!

RHCarpenter said...

Beautiful painting and love the reflections and closeups - this is where we really see what makes watercolor such a joy!

Teresa said...

Cathy, this is simply wonderful! The water is almost unbelievable.... you sure came back with a bang!

Charlene Brown said...

Enjoying the process... Yes! Thanks for the reminder.

Cathy Gatland said...

Thanks everybody - I was quite surprised that the water came out the way it did in the end, after squinting at all those shapes and values! Even my husband was impressed, which doesn't happen often ;-D

Sharon said...

Lovely job on this Cathy - it FEELS like a summer day at the beach!

Art with Liz said...

Fabulous Cathy and like everyone says, those reflections on the water are fantastic! Glad you're over your little block now.

dominique eichi said...

Your reflections are fabulous. I love your watercolor

Pat said...

Thanks Cathy for your blog. Because of you I found the DSFDF web site and took up the challenge.

Peggy Montano & Paintings said...

I love your handling of watercolor.
A beautiful painting for DSFDF.
Yes, I am also into Art & fear. Very helpful information.

Suzanne McDermott said...

Cathy,

This is a magnificent piece As always, your text is informative, interesting and emotionally rewarding. I am going to follow your lead with the stuff you've devoured. Thanks for the tips. So glad to be reconnected.