This is the start of what I hope can be a weekly series titled Watercolor Wednesdays. It would give me incentive to set aside time each week to be creative. Sometimes it can be such a challenge to make creativity a priority when there’s a sink full of dishes, groceries to buy, clothes to wash, trash to take out and a baby needing things all the while. But I’m coming to realize that it is so important to my mental health to be creative, and painting is a great, simple way for me to practice taking that time for myself each week.
I’m starting the series off with a really simple and quick watercolor I did the other day inspired by one of Iriving Penn’s ‘Icelandic Poppies’ photographs. I’m not good at painting flowers, so I usually stick to my street style illustrations, but I won’t ever get better if I don’t practice!
I don’t have a palette to mix colors on, so I use the back of a plate. I love seeing all of the colors together, and I’m just as inspired by the messy palettes and paint soaked towels as I am by the act of painting itself.