Okay, I’ve dabbled but always with a bit of fear that I couldn’t really do it. My attempts were still fun, interesting and quite satisfying really. Admittedly, there was/is a niggling desire to learn to sketch without pen or pencil – not every time/every day but on a fairly regular basis, so that it feels natural, comfortable and confident enough to share.
So, Marc Taro Holmes, famed Canadian Urban Sketcher, cast out the challenge for June – 30x30directwatercolor2018. That’s 30 days of painting directly with watercolour – no pen or pencil underdrawings. Hmmmm …..
At first, I thought – Nah, I’ve played with it, not in any consistent way of course, but I couldn’t possibly….. Then I saw many of my fellow sketchers, touting their support for the challenge and even posting practice watercolour-only sketchers to prime themselves to hit the #30x30directwatecolor2018 road running. I jumped on that “practice wagon” and I was definitely in.
Daily sketching sessions, like my morning coffee – must have ’em to fill alive and energized. BUT no watercolour only for 30 days?
YAYYYY! I did it and discovered that it was/is addictive. The first few days, I’d reach for my pen and then, a voice would say, “Hey girl, use your brush and watercolours” and gradually, I began picking up my brush first without thinking. Most of the other everyday sketches I did during the month suffered the same fate – direct watercolour. I couldn’t help myself.
Oh my poor pens, they missed their part in the sketching process but I promised that I will return to them soon enough. Now I have to make an effort to use my pens because direct watercolour is all I think about when I open my sketchbook but I’m sure I will begin using them again, just not almost always for almost every sketch, as I did before. Besides, there are other ways to use my beloved fountain pens: adding more text to my sketches will give them a more art journal style. Oh wait, and there is my regular journaling, letters and other handwriting stuff. So, they will be used and enjoyed.
Anyway, these are some of the direct watercolour sketches I did for the June challenge:
The learning curve is steep but Gosh this was fun!