Back home after a week on the road. We had the best time, but it's good to be home.
I prepared for our week away so that I wouldn't fall behind on this challenge. I packed a separate "art bag" packed with pencils, erasers, sketchbook, watercolor paper, a travel box of paint, and water pens. I was ready!
This was my first experience with water pens and I have to tell you, I didn't love it. It may have been because the pens I bought were not the most expensive and perhaps not as well built as others, but they gave me so much less control than I had expected. The brush stayed wet. I mean REALLY wet. It was frustrating for the paper to become saturated, which extended the drying time and also disrupted the integrity of the paper.
This also led to results that were not exactly what I wanted. I liked the subject matter of each painting, but the lack of cooperation from the water pens and a bit of adjustment to pan watercolor created challenges to achieving the desired results.
Next time I go on a trip, I will take my art gear -- ALL of it -- for the project at hand. It really would not have been all that difficult to take the few brushes I use every day. That would have made the on-the-road painting more enjoyable for me and I think it would have really helped the outcome of the last six paintings.
I enjoyed my special painting time at the end of each day even with the challenges. Those challenges taught me how to deal with things I haven't faced thus far in this project. I appreciate the hurdles because they teach me and that's why I started this to begin with! :)