Surprisingly, I finished the June challenge of producing a daily paint-only painting. I was doubtful that I would be able to go the distance, but I did!
Here are my final paintings:
On June 26, I painted another echidna. It’s the biggest echidna out of the echidnas that I painted (painted on a 20 x 20 cm paper made 100% from recycled cotton rags).
Next, I painted a platypus diving into cool, refreshing Tasmanian water.
On Day 28, I quickly painted a kangaroo and joey.
On day 29, feeling buoyed by what I have been able to paint without using a single pencil mark, I thought I would tackle the BooBook Owl, an owl that I have been wanting to paint for a long time.
On June 30th, the final day of the 30 x 30 challenge, I tried the Boobook owl again. I didn’t quite finish it, but I think I did enough for it to count as my final painting of the challenge.
So, what did I learn from this challenge? Well, I can no longer use “I forgot my pencil” as an excuse to not paint!
One benefit of participating in these types of challenges for me, is that I always paint something I’ve never painted before. I get quite desperate trying to find things I can paint quickly to meet the quota. This challenge’s newbies were bees and an octopus. I have had an unsuccessful attempt with an echidna prior to this challenge, so echidnas were a winner also, and falls into the new category for me.
I’m surprised that I could paint as many things as I did using no pencil. From my understanding, the premise of direct watercolour painting is to assist in producing ‘loose’ paintings. Without a few pencil guidelines, I found myself concentrating and giving more thought of where to put the paintbrush on the paper each time. It impacted my painting choices and my looseness. I think I paint looser when there are a few pencil lines to inform me.
All in all, in was a great experience and I loved seeing the posts of the amazing direct watercolour paintings from the participants in the #30x30directwatercolor2018 challenge.