Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Monday, October 5, 2020
Not knowing where to start, I spent time admiring the details, and figuring out what I wanted to sketch- there was so much beauty all around! The guide was late in arriving and I was able to sketch out a few pillars and one of the many many smaller temples within the Temple complex, saving the watercolor wash for later.
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Thursday, August 20, 2020
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Showing my art at Poquoson Public Library
|Showing my art Poquoson Public Library|
Sixteen of my watercolors "Fleeting Vignettes" are on exhibit at the Poquoson Public Library for the month of August. In June I participated in the #30x30directwatercolor challenge to create 30 paintings in 30 days in direct watercolor without sketching ahead of time. I would call it a success as all these sixteen paintings were from that exercise! And I even sold one painting so far :)
I made myself paint values, shapes and entertain only a few significant details. Pushing to finish a painting a day with no preliminary drawings forced me to be very mindful of sweet spots, compositions, and especially values. I found myself sifting through my reference photos trying to find those that I could paint without sketching (or sometimes with minimal perspective dots or markings) ahead of time. I discovered to my surprise I was not painting with abandon and it was nerve wracking at times. I definitely painted some subjects I would not have considered before and was pretty pleased with the results! I painted on 100% cotton rough watercolor paper I had bought in India couple of years ago and it was fun to see them all lined up at the end of the month and see my accomplishment. Even though I was exhausted by the end, the challenge I feel was a very worthwhile to participate in. Because of sheltering in place, I ended up framing them all myself!
I am so glad Marc Taro Holmes started the challenge. This is my second time participating in the month long challenge which in my case extended a week beyond a month to make up for missed days I could not help. Surf on over to my Instagram @artbymeera to see all my 30 paintings or to the facebook group #30x30directwatercolor (link above) to see all the attempts by hundreds of participants. If you are in my neck of the woods, please do stop by the library and check out the paintings. I am donating half the price of sold paintings to the Food Bank.