My New Year's Resolution is to paint one painting per week. To keep me honest, I'll post each painting on my blog (look for the PAW tag).
This resolution is inspired by Hiroshi Matsumoto, who paints one painting a day. He posts each painting on his website and Facebook page. Looking at his work has become a lovely piece of my daily routine. His paintings are small, only 3.5 inches square, but they pack a punch. I really admire creative sorts who just get to work. It's far too easy for me to say "I don't have time today" or "maybe this weekend", but I find that, too often, time simply slips away. I'm inspired and encouraged by people who just get it done. This resolution isn't about achieving perfection - it's only about doing the work.
Without further a do, this is my first painting of the year. Last May, I went to Sea Ranch, California, and my brother went back for New Year's. He sent me a few photos earlier in the week, and our May trip must have been on my mind when I started this piece because it really evokes our clifftop view of the ocean. I'm including two photos for reference (although I didn't look at my photos when I painted this).
[Sea Ranch Memory - January 8, 2018 - Week 1/52]
I used metallic watercolors on watercolor paper. I loved this paint! I don't think it's artist quality, but it sure was fun. The light changes depending on the viewing angle. It goes from looking light and silvery (as in the above photo) to dark and brooding, like this:
[Detail of the way the metallic paint changes, depending on the viewing angle. I definitely prefer the light & silvery look for this piece.]
Here are two views from the house at Sea Ranch taken on May 8, 2017. I was standing on the deck when I took these. I think you'll agree that these images were certainly percolating in my mind when I put brush to paper!