A favourite portrait of mine built up simply with placement of colour and no preliminary sketch.
Sunday is always a day for quiet reflection. I know I am so blessed in many ways. I have a wonderful family, caring and thoughtful friends. I adore nature and I am surrounded by beautiful scenery. I can travel which takes me to places where I see even more amazing sights and meet even more incredible new friends. I couldn't ask for more. No one could.
When I pick up my brush each day a feeling of peace flows into each new brushstroke. I feel like a child happily exploring new ideas,teachniques and colour combinations. In my workshops I often ask this question. How many adults get to feel this way consistently gaining a sense of wonder. Whilst working with such a magical medium,watercolour can instill a natural sense of youth in constantly seeing new effects in our results and paintings that thrill and excite us as artists.
I am totally in love with watercolour and life which is what I try so hard to share in my workshops. A sense of well being and the feeling you can achieve whatever you wish to achieve if you allow yourself to. During my second workshop in Norway I wrote this line on the blackboard.
" The only thing stopping you from achieving anything you want to achieve is you"
I strongly believe this to be true.
I also like this idea although I appreciate it may be harder to do.
"No one in this world will feel unloved while I am living in it"
I am a firm believer in walking away from negativity. From those who may have hurt you or upset you. But there is a time to forgive and live your life with peace in your heart.This makes you the better person and the stronger one.Living with heartache or pain can only bring you down to a level where you cannot fly.
With the innocence of childhood we fill our lives with joy doing what we wish without worry. As adults we can fill our lives with needless stress. During my recent workshops I was asked how I am always so happy and cheerful. I should be happy as I am doing what I love and choose to do, mixing with positive people who make me feel happy when I see them, always. We can't all have trouble free lives but we can make decisions to make our lives better by surrounding ourselves with only positive energy and people who are good for us.Negativity is like carrying huge heavy rocks on our shoulders.
The words "I can't " are a very heavy rock!
" Throw heavy rocks off your shoulders and soar with the eagles"
You will find so many others who are willing to soar with you.
Have a wonderful Sunday.