Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Detailed Realistic Style + Me = Perhaps a Good Match

So, I admit that I am sort of embracing the more realistic style of watercolor painting, and while I knew from the beginning that style is much more “me” than the loose (place a bit of wet paint on wet paper and spread it around) style, the times I tried it in my early days of watercolor painting resulted in a feeling that I just might not be able to do it. In other words, there’s no doubt it’s a lot harder. But “a lot harder” also means “more challenging,” and that, too, MIGHT describe something that would appeal to me.

Still, though, I don’t like working at something if I don’t feel like I can eventually “get it” (not to be confused with “mastering it,” which I do not feel will ever be the case, when it comes to watercolor painting).

I have been applying myself to stick with some tutorials in this detailed, realistic style, and now I am beginning to think I might be able to get to the point of feeling a bit successful.

The previous post contained three of those types of painting (snowdrop flower, green and red apple, and monarch butterfly). For the last few days, I have been working diligently on this “Opening Rose.” It is getting more and more enjoyable for me to paint in this style (that is synonymous with saying I am feeling more and more like I can do it). 

I have always loved this Bible verse:
And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” - Colossians 3:17 (CSB).

And another:
“Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people,” - Colossians 3:23 (CSB)

I do want to try to do my best at things I attempt to do. That said, a balance is needed for someone like me, who tends to expect perfection from myself, even when I know it’s not possible. So, sometimes, I allow myself to not expect so much. But I can always do it from my heart, while giving thanks to God.

That part of the first verse about doing it in the name of Jesus, giving thanks to God—that part plays well in the arena of painting botanical subjects, or animal subjects, for that matter. Every time I paint a flower or a plant or a bird, for example, I am made aware again of God’s marvelous creations. Take the monarch butterfly on the previous post, for example, or the rose in this post. These things are such great reminders of the majesty and miracle of God’s creation. Painting them really allows me to delve into the depths of the creation, and it is inspiring to me.

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Terra said...

Do it for the Lord, that is lovely and so is your rose painting.

Barbara said...

Thank you, Terra, for your encouraging comment!

Barbara said...

Well, that’s very encouraging (and affirming). Thank you!