Friday, August 24, 2018

Day 100 | "Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties." - Erich Fromm

Day 100 | And just like that, my 2018’s 100 day project has come to an end. What an incredible journey it has been and though there were days I struggled with what to paint next, I somehow persevered! A heartfelt thank you to all of you for supporting me with tons of likes, comments and DMs. Now that the pressure of posting everyday is gone, the frequency of my art posts will reduce as I lay low, understand the watercolor fundamentals and practice a lot more. Or I might just take a break and come back at it, rejuvenated. Who knows. Only time will tell but for now, I am patting on my back at reaching the milestone and completing the challenge. Hurray! Happy Friday y’all. .


Thursday, August 23, 2018

Day 98 - 99 | "Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." - Scott Adams

Day 98 | My 2018 art challenge - 100 Days Of Art With Siri is almost coming to an end and I am feeling so many mixed emotions right now. Being a classic Libran, I can easily fall into a cushy-comfort zone and projects like these help me push my limits. I am also secretly relieved that I can sit back and enjoy the rest of the year. Current mood: happy-sad but mostly sad just like this owl.

Day 99 | We are experiencing more than 90F heat these days and all I can think of is ice cold popsicles 🀀 Inspired from @ohn_mar_win artwork. πŸŽ‰


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Day 93 - 97 | "Perfection is no small thing, but it is made up of small things." - Michelangelo

Day 93 | The little birdie says a hearty hello to all those who take a moment to like/comment my posts on Instagram and also to those who recently started following the account. Thank you. 😍

Day 94 | Purple Grapes - applying my newly acquired watercolor tonal gradient knowledge from @whatacolor_gal lesson in @watercolorsummit. 😊

Day 95 | I can never get enough of floral doodles on watercolor blobs. 🀭 This piece is inspired by @ohn_mar_win's work. I love all her classes on @skillshare and how vibrant her artwork is. Happy Monday y’all. Hope you have a good one. 

Day 96 | Art feeds the soul. Don't you think? 😁 It is important to have a creative outlet to break the monotanity of our mundane lives. It could be in any form or fashion and for me, it was food (blogging) until an year ago. Now, art nourishes my creativity. I am not consistent but I do make sure to get inspired every day and enjoy every bit of my down time, whenever I can afford to. 

Day 97 | Fish Watercolor Doodles. 🐠🐟


Thursday, August 2, 2018

Day 88 - 92 | "You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." ~ Maya Angelou

Day 88 | ..and the watercolor blob obsession continues 😊 and this time, the blobs became loose florals.

Day 89“I'm afraid they would droop. See, they're drooping already. Bluebells are like that.” ― Winston Graham (Ross Poldark). Today's bluebell piece is inspired by @theletteringdiaries πŸ˜ƒ

Day 90 | Last night, I challenged myself to fill the page with flowers and leaves without stopping to think. Just paint what comes to mind first. Finally, added some pen lines. Such mindless, unplanned sessions is what I like the most. Hope you all have a productive week ahead.

Day 91 | “A tulip doesn’t strive to impress anyone. It doesn’t struggle to be different than a rose. It doesn’t have to. It is different. And there’s room in the garden for every flower. You didn’t have to struggle to make your face different than anyone else’s on earth. It just is. You are unique because you were created that way. Look at little children in kindergarten. They’re all different without trying to be. As long as they’re unselfconsciously being themselves, they can’t help but shine. It’s only later, when children are taught to compete, to strive to be better than others, that their natural light becomes distorted.” ― Marianne Williamson 

Day 92 | “Do stuff. be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration's shove or society's kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It's all about paying attention. attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. stay eager.” ― Susan Sontag 


Monday, July 30, 2018

My Watercolor Supplies (Old and New)

When I started my journey with watercolors in September 2017, I was not sure how far this new hobby would take me. So, my choices were pretty basic and functional for a beginner like me.

My Watercolor Supplies 
Watercolor Paints: After reading many reviews, I bought my first watercolor set - Sakura Koi 24 Assorted Watercolor Field Sketch Set. It served me well for 3 months and as you can see in the below pic, the half pans quickly dried out and started to chip. They are still usable, though the pigment needs tons of water to re-wet.

Then, I upgraded to Sennelier L'Aquarelle French Watercolor Paint, Metal Box Pocket Set of 12 Half Pans. These are honey based paints and how wonderfully yummy (if I may so) from Sakura. Even after almost 6 months of usage, the pigment re-wets beautifully with a touch of water and the colors are super vibrant, glide on paper.

Watercolor Paper and Brushes: I am mostly a weekend artist with a 9 to 5 day job. So, as you can see from most of watercolor works, I paint small. Hence, my sketchbook is - Moleskine Art Plus Watercolor Album, Pocket, Black, Hard Cover (3.5 x 5.5). For the brushes, I bought - Loew Cornell 1023599 Soft Comfort Round Brush Set which has four sizes. They are super comfortable to use at an awesome price point.

Apart from my Moleskine sketchbook, I also practice on Canson XL Waterpads. Below you can see how I cut a big sheet into four pieces to paint individual art works.

Watercolor Summit Supplies

After self-paced learning from various skillshare classes, youtube videos, it is now time to kick up a notch for few more techniques from seven talented watercolor artists who are teaching at Watercolor Summit happening from August 13 - 29 2018.

Below are a few additional supplies I bought just a few days ago and I can't wait to use them. :-)

Do you have any favorite watercolor supplies to recommend for a beginner like me? The plan is to discover my favorites over time and replace each of the student grade paints with artist grade paints like Winsor Newton. 

until next time,


Friday, July 20, 2018

Day 83 - 87 | “Art is a line around your thoughts.” ~ Gustav Klimt

Inkstruck Watercolors July Challenge: Sea Creatures | Whale.

Inkstruck Watercolors July Challenge: Sea Creatures | Star Fish. 

“Hope is the thing with feathers, 
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all. “
~ Emily Dickson 

Watercolor blobs and doodles is the theme for Peggy's (@thepigeonletters) new bi-weekly challenge on @skillshare. Trust her to come up with unique ways to jumpstart anyone's creativity. ☺️ I may doodle on some more blobs like this because they are just so much fun and also because I am kinda missing the doodle challenge from last year - #100DaysOfDoodlesOfSiri 

Carrots anyone?


Saturday, June 30, 2018

Day 82 | Never Stop Learning..

It is hard to believe that we came to the end of #30x30DirectWatercolor2018 journey and today is the very last day. This month long challenge has really pushed me to try different techniques and taught me to just be comfortable painting - irrespective of the outcome. I will not lie, it was also exhausting to come up with ideas and show up every single day. With work and home duties, some days were so hard that I just wanted to quit (so glad I pushed through ☺️!). Now that we are done, I could use a small break to rejuvenate. Time to pick up a few books from my growing TBR pile and do something different with my free time until Watercolor Summit, which starts in August. Hooray! 


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Day 77 - 81 | "I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art." ~ Madonna

"Believe you can and you're halfway there" ~ Theodre Roosevelt. My first watercolor wreath and I am a quite happy how it turned out. Hope you all have a great week ahead.

"If I were a flower.. I would be a sunflower. To always follow the sun, Turn my back to darkness, Stand proud, tall and straight even with my head full of seeds." ― Pam Stewart. This piece of artwork is inspired from Pinterest. I am finally able to understand how to do color mixing and using masking fluid techniques.

 I am self-admittedly obsessed about painting watercolor patterns. Their abstract and repetitive nature are perfect to empty my restless mind. And an added bonus - they help improve my brushwork.

"It always seems impossible until it's done" ~ Nelson Mandela

After many months of practicing watercolor, I finally bought a jar of masking fluid and here is a fun attempt - a relatively simple piece where the flower areas were protected with the fluid. 


Friday, June 22, 2018

Day 72 - 76 | "To draw you must close your eyes and sing." ~ Pablo Picasso

Youtube is such a great resource for fun, little watercolor tutorials. Today's piece is inspired by this city skyline. video. So simple to paint and beautiful to look at.

San Francisco is an eye candy for those who are interested in urban sketching. Sadly, I am always in a hurry to go in and out of the city for work and to notice the lovely architecture around. But today, I took moment to click a picture of a building I pass almost every single day. And it was such fun to capture the essence in watercolors.

Another city landscape pattern today I saw on @lisacongdon's watercolor class at Creative Bug. The brain goes into a meditative mode when I make such simple, colorful art and it is my form of tuning out from what's happening around me. Such precious, rare moments I wouldn't trade anything for.

#30x30DirectWatercolor2018 challenge has been😍 and I can’t believe I painted almost every single day of this month so far. That is an accomplishment in itself considering how inherently lazy I am.

Random Watercolor pattern to fill up an empty page. 


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Day 67 - 71 | "Creativity gives hope that there can be a worthwhile idea." ~ Edward de Bono

A brand new week is about to end and it is time for Fri-yay again! Hope you all have a good weekend ahead!

“A flower blossoms for its own joy.” ~ Oscar Wilde

I want to call this piece - “Tree of Life”, a daily reminder that change is the only constant.

"The more often we see the things around us - even the beautiful and wonderful things - the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds - even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less." ~ Joseph B. Wirthlin 

Hope you all have a great week ahead. 



Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Day 62 - 66 | "In the creative state a man is taken out of himself." ~ E. M. Forster

"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence." ~ Helen Keller 

 “The morning sun is out and bright
Easing into all that was dark and blight
Forcing night sneak away without a fight” 
- Richard L. Ratliff. 

Hope you all have a great week ahead.

“Good morning! May a chorus of birdsongs welcome your day, and may they fill your heart and soul with peace, joy and love for the coming day.” - Anthony T. Hincks .

Today was one such day that dragged on and on. Hitting bed early to rejuvenate and for a fresh start tomorrow. Good night world!

Brush control practice while I watch some mindless TV πŸ“Ί πŸ˜„ #multitasking