Belletor in Winter, Watercolor (c)2010 The Artist
I came across a fellow blogger/etsy/artist's post a couple of weeks ago about something called the "virtual pARTy" while meandering around the etsy forums where we meet and talk about art and techniques. Artist Kathleen Roeth, aka tapestry316, paints horses and she commented about this art party thing one day. Well, I'm not an animal person much less a horse person, nor am I that interested in painting them, but the idea of joining in on this idea seemed like a good departure from the bagpipe work. In fact, I was so tired of the bagpipe I had put it aside and started throwing paint on the paper with no particular plan just to get away from it. After I saw this horse posting I jumped at the chance to paint something new and out of my comfort zone.
The way the virtual pARTy works is a photo is presented during a set time and the artist has 24 hours to start and complete the work in the medium of their choice. When it's done you upload the painting to the blog. When the week is over the blog owners put up the entries for viewing.
The result of my work is ok. I wasn't really interested in the outcome. It felt good to clear my head and look at a different scene with new colors. I played with color mixing, different brushes and the strokes they make. I had never tried to paint snow and tried to keep my white spaces white. Now that I have great info on paper quality from you helpful readers, I can see how better paper could make the difference in a work. Obviously, I'm going to have to go shopping for paper before I start the next piece.
All in all, I'm glad I found the virtual pARTy and decided to go for it. Why not? It's all good.