I post this here on my 'Journey' blog. Because I'm still on a journey with my watercolors. I did my first watercolor in 1987. It was straight out of an instruction book. A farm house on a slight incline, mostly browns and whites of the paper.. I still remember it . Drab but pretty good ! Well why not? Someone else had taken all the problems out of the picture... But then you start that 'want to do my own thing'. And so I did and so I still am.
Here, 28 years later and painting (a lot) .. my approach has changed so many times.. from realism to impressionism and everything in between.
I know more about the pigments, more about center of interest, more about value, etc. I look at this and say ." Where's the lights? Where's the pop that a painting needs. Not here.
Now I'm in this mode of painting shapes.
Yes, shapes more than the details. It's interesting ... still doesn't give me what I want to see, but perhaps a light bulb will go off and if I put all that together in one painting, I just might have what I'm looking for. Maybe . Or taking a line from Helen Van Wyk.."Maybe I should just make soup". Barbra Joan