Wait -- WHAT?? What happened to Day Forty-three, you ask? Yeeeeaaaah, about that. . .
I actually did do a painting yesterday and it was going really well. I was quite happy with the way it turned out, except for one teeny, tiny, little thing: The girl in the image looked sad. I tried to change the shading, add a dimple, a smile line. The more I tried, the worse became.
It turns out that watercolor paper does not like to be overworked and it will pay you back by pilling and shredding and generally looking awful. So my beautiful, sad girl was made to look more than sad and there was no way to repair her. No way that I have learned, anyway.
So nearing midnight, I did a quick, freehand flower. I didn't want to use it because I had put so much time into the first painting. I didn't post it. I didn't post anything thinking I would have time to redeem myself today. That didn't quite work out as planned, and that's okay! This is all a learning experience: Learning about the paint, the brushes, the papers, deadlines, time management.
These paintings are the product of a couple of very packed days. Not my best work, but they are on the page. As one of my favorite artists is known to say, "Finished, not perfect."