Friday, January 6, 2012

Watercolor Landscapes

Several weeks ago I got the itch to paint. I had seen some landscapes on Etsy that I really loved. The colors, the abstract forms, the simplicity. Watercolor is my favorite medium for getting colors down on paper quickly. And each painting is a surprise, because if you get enough pigment and water on your brush, the result is really unpredictable. My jewelry is so precise and detailed, I really needed to just loosen up and enjoy a free flowing form of art for a while.

So after digging out my watercolors, brushes and paper, I got down to business. Working quickly and doing many paintings in sequence really loosened me up. I wasn't able to let myself get nit-picky over details, like I usually am. I also worked on a very small scale, about 5"x5", so I could produce more. I'm rather pleased with my first results, especially since it's been so long since I last picked up a brush. I am going to paint a lot more in the next few weeks. My goal is to get comfortable enough with the paint, and find a style I can call my own. Then I will start adding small, original paintings to my Etsy shop. I would love to offer people original artwork that will never be reproduced, at an affordable price. I don't plan to (and don't have the equipment to) produce high quality prints at this time, so original is what I can offer. I'm thinking somewhere in the $15-$30 range for small 5x5's and 5x7's that can fit into 8x10 frames.

Enjoy, and thanks for stopping by!

 (All paintings © Becky Sharp Designs. All Rights Reserved.)


Kate Hobbs said...

The last is my favorite :)

Becky Sharp said...

Thanks Kate! I love that one too.

Sandra said...

Bec, I really like what you painted. Now that my Christmas stuff is put away, I'll have to get my paints out too. Went to someone's house today to teach a knitting lesson. I told her to just think of that first skein of yarn as practice, that she shouldn't think of it as making anything finished yet. I realized that I need to do the same thing with my watercolors. Even though I know in my head that I need to practice tons, I still try to make finished, beautiful paintings each time I sit down with my watercolors. You've inspired me to try a different direction! I also like the size you are doing. Too much white paper is scary. When I get some done I'll take pictures and attach them on an email. Maybe I'll get brave, like you, and post some on my blog.