About now most of you have been working in watercolor for at least a little bit. And now you are ready to do a few extra things: First: improve in technique Second: find your "voice" or style Third: Look ahead to creating work that satisfies you.
Lets start with the last one, which we might also call, "what am I going to paint next!" "Now that I've created a painting that I like, how can I find something else I'll like to paint?" "I want to be Inspired!" I recently read an article on Facebook from an anonymous artist to a young artist on how to be inspired. And I thought it was such wise advice as well as something I had found in my own life as an artist. That is, you don't wait for inspiratAion. If you do it will be a long time coming. There's been many long times between paintings while I waited for something that would excite me enough to paint. Rather, just jump in. Pick up the brush - everyday. Even if just for a five minute period. Set a time limit and make sure its on the top of your list that you're not going to go to bed that night if you haven't painted for those five minutes. Or give yourself a challenge that you will complete a painting every week for a year. It doesn't matter what subject, just put brush to paper. And somewhere down the line your inspiration will kick in. Something you painted will lead to a different way to look at subjects or give you an idea for the next and the next. Ideas snowball when you are moving, not when you are sitting still trying to be creative. One of the most inspiration killing thoughts is "Now I'll do something creative."