30-in-30: Watercolor painting is not a cup of tea

Teapot Watercolor on Arches #300 hot press
Watercolor on Arches #300 hot press

Despite my best intentions to control my time, this painting of a little tea pot got away from me. I spent far more than one hour on it and it’s only beginning to be what I want it to be.

I worked hard on the initial drawing. I wanted it to be correct before I began splashing paint around, as pencil is easier to change than watercolor. But I could have worked on it longer; man made objects are hard to draw accurately.

Now the question is, should I work on it a few more hours, or should I give up and start over with a fresh drawing of a better composition? One of my favorite painters, Thomas Aquinas Daly, might simply scrub out parts of the painting. Sometimes I think we give up too soon on paintings, so I’ll keep hacking at this one until it’s destroyed or becomes a better painting.

Plus I’ll start something new tomorrow.

Teapot Close up Watercolor on Arches #300 hot press
Teapot Close up
Watercolor on Arches #300 hot press

Thought it might be interesting to see some of the brush strokes.

3 thoughts on “30-in-30: Watercolor painting is not a cup of tea

  1. Ok I’m not a professional artist, but I think your painting is very beautiful. I’d worry about muddying it up or it losing its freshness if you tried to fix it. I think it’s lovely, but you have to be happy with it. What do you see wrong with the drawing? I’m not seeing anything leaping out at me that I’d wanna change if I was painting it.

    1. Thanks for the kind words. What bothers me about the drawing is that it’s just not quite right. The base isn’t properly attached to the bowl of the pot, and the perspective of the handle isn’t quite right.

      You’re right, I’ll have to be careful not to muddy the colors if I work on this some more, but it is possible to go back into a watercolor an change things.

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