My Creative Resolution – Watercolor, Illustration, Print Pattern Design

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It has been about 2 weeks since I painted with acrylics. It feels like forever. Lately I’ve been playing with watercolor. Today, I was determined to paint with acrylics, but it took a while for me to get to work. I took a half hour to clean my palette because I ended up scrubbing the whole slop sink!

I wasn’t in the mood to work on my jellyfish painting, even though I think I’m close to finishing. I had a couple of ideas for new paintings and plenty of fresh canvases! Here is my list:

  • Donut with strawberry icing and sprinkles (yum!)
  • Gerbera daisy (I came across a photo I took 10 years ago!)
  • Ocean
  • Sunrise through the trees

I didn’t know which one to work on, and it probably wasn’t the best plan, but I decided to start all of them and see which one pulled me in. It was so fun playing! There is something exciting about starting new projects. It’s the finishing that’s hard – lol! In the end, I only started two of the paintings. It seemed like too much to start going in four different directions!

The background for “Sunrise through the trees” was a lot of fun, even though I ended up doing something different than I originally intended. I’m loving the colors! Notice I’m using bright colors, some directly from the tubes. I love it! It’s feels very springy. I just plopped the paint on with a foam brush. I plan on adding paint to blend the colors after this base coat is dry. (I hope that isn’t a mistake.)

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Of the two projects, the Gerbera daisy painting was really tugging at me, so I worked on that one the most. I think I got a really good start! It is amazing how “just starting” changes your whole perspective. Here is the photo and my progress:

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Author: Eileen McKenna {my creative resolution}

Web and Print Designer living in New York. I blog about painting, illustration, and designing patterns. Inquires are welcome.

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