|a watercolor painting I created for #paintseptember|
Last month I wrote about an artistic social media challenge called Drawing August and shared my contributions. I thought you might like to hear about this month's artistic challenge, Paint September.
#paintseptember is another collaborative Twitter event similar to #drawingaugust, except that instead of creating a drawing everyday, the goal is to paint everyday. The point isn't so much to complete a painting a day, as it is to just engage in the act of painting.
Paintings take longer for me to complete than drawings, so I'm not sure how many I'll accomplish this month. Nevertheless, it's a wonderful source of motivation and inspiration. The last days of summer are quickly slipping away. The painting above is my farewell to summer. Shells represent summer to me, so a tribute to days spent at the beach seemed like an appropriate way to mark the end of the season.
A Simple ExerciseIf you're new to painting, a fun exercise that I enjoy is saturating a piece of watercolor paper with water, loading a paintbrush with watercolor pigment, and touching it to the paper. As the paint spreads and drys, it's interesting to see what shapes and images emerge. It's like watching the clouds move and change on a sunny day and finding images in them. Then you can outline the shapes with a pencil or define them with more brushwork.
In this little painting I'm working on, you can see an ancient city overlooking a forest beginning to emerge.
|a painting in progress|
I haven't seen as many tweets on my feed with #paintseptember, but it's well worth the extra effort to do a search. There are many beautiful paintings being posted across all the social media networks. I'll be participating as much as I can and hope to see you there too!