I'm not one to sit idol...so I decided at some point that I was going to figure out how to paint the most amazing dog eyes I could...
I would alway look at paintings and wonder how in the world did these artists make the eyes look so real? I was baffled. Then I found a book that had some information on how to go about it, and another watercolor painter did a vlog that - OMG - a true light bulb moment...
My first eye, painted December 24th 2018 and the journey through my eyes to now. There haven't been that many, but there has been a HUGE improvement in perspective, color, contrast...all things watercolor and dog eyes!
Eyes are the windows to the soul - the true essence of who they are.
As my quest for learning and understanding the ins, outs, ups and downs of the watercolor medium continue, I am finding that just working on my palette color charts, washes, glazing and values really quite a zen time for me. Things slow down as I fill my water containers and ready my palette. Then comes the mixing of pigment. Looking at the little shifts in tone from one color to the next as I fill in the 3/4"x1" rectangles on my chart. I have 18 colors across the top and the same 18 down the left side. with the top being the dominant color and where two of the exact same color meet - 100% true pigment is applied to my watercolor palette chart - I find that all thoughts (business and personal) other than filling in that little rectangle with the perfect amount of color, keeping within the boundaries of the pencil lines laid down in perfect shapes waiting to be filled - just disappear. It is a wonderful space to be in and it is a space that I wish I could hang out in more often.
So, how? How do we do this with everything that is going on in this world. With bills to pay and the high high cost of living here in "paradise" (San Francisco Bay Area), it is incredibly difficult to be an artist let alone BE an artist.
And yet, here I try. I try to create beautiful art pieces for those that love beautiful art pieces. I want to create what I love!
OK, time to go fill in some more rectangles. ;)
(This particular color chart is a piece of art by itself - stay tuned!)