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Watercolor, Illustration, Surface Design

Mom’s present has entered the ugly phase. Can it recover?

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The picture below is what fear looks like. The pressure is on, as I mentioned in a recent post. I want to add ink, but I’m afraid I’ll ruin the painting. Once the ink is on, it can’t be erased. So I do a couple of practice benches and go for it. Immediately I regret it, but I keep working. I continue to addย benches. Did I mention I hate working in perspective? The benches look more like Chinese characters, but I keep going. I add ink to the boards of the boardwalk. I was terrified to add the lightpost. It’s too tall – maybe I can use a mat to crop it out and lower it? I add more detail to the benches and they start to look less like Chinese and more like benches.

Fear:
scared
Where I startedย from:
start

Where I am now:
After I soften the water (by wetting the watercolor pencil) I start to think, maybe I can get this to work. I have to keep working at it. Mom’s Christmas present may be a little late! Next steps – add watercolor to the benches and shadows. Add the rail.

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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.

5 thoughts on “Mom’s present has entered the ugly phase. Can it recover?

  1. I absolutely love how you share your feelings about the process of your paintings. It will be fun to see what happens. Hang in there, and Merry Christmas to you Eileen!

  2. It is looking great, Eileen. Keep pushing yourself and taking those wonderdul risks. It’s paying off. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  3. Thanks Alisa! I hope you and your husband are having an amazing Christmas morning with your boys. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Pingback: Cutting away the mistake | my creative resolution

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