I can’t believe it has been almost two months since I posted my last watercolor. I allowed my perfectionism to get in the way of my enjoyment, I am ashamed to say. I could not get my oriole to turn out the way I wanted to, so I trashed him. And I stopped going into my little studio. It was like the room no longer existed.
Finally I got over myself and started looking at some of the watercolor video channels I subscribe to on YouTube and got all enthused again. It is not about being perfect, dang it. It is about having fun with color and creativity and just playing.
So here is my newest lesson from Drawing and Painting Birds by Shirley Porter, a lovely little Baltimore Oriole. He didn’t turn out all that bad, I think. He has a curious expression on his face, and he does look a bit three-dimensional. Wings and tail doesn’t look much like feathers but whatever. I’m letting myself off the hook there.