The title of today’s post reflects my current lack of time and energy for painting.

We are going through an extremely stressful and busy patch on the work front (my right-brain job as an IT Manager). My poor left-brain is left floundering at the end of each day because the rest of me is too stressed and tired to paint. When I try to make use of a 15 minute window after sorting out dinner and other chores after a long day at the office dealing with recalcitrant staff and clients, I get totally frustrated that I don’t have enough energy to give 100% to the under-utilised left brain.

And then I wake up at about 3.00 a.m. thinking about colour combinations and possible solutions to getting the right effects with water and paint ratios……


Here are some of the exercises from Jean Haines’ Atmospheric Watercolours that I tried my hand at a few weeks ago – I like some parts of the final results, but as they are “for the bin”, it doesn’t really matter too much!

[I didn’t want to post these until I had “perfected” them, but who am I kidding – I need to stop aiming for perfection….else I will never post anything and the whole purpose of this blog is to track my creative journey so I might as well include the lows as well as the highs…. I was also hoping to “move on” from merely doing the exercises and to be able to show the techniques in my own composition but that is not going to happen in the next few days or weeks given situation at work, so these will have to do for now.]

Bridge 1

Bridge 2

Venetian Door 1

Venetian Door 2

I can definitely see the value in Jean’s advice to play with as many colour combinations as possible to see how they interact, because all too often I want to hit my head against the wall after I add “just one more colour” to a painting that screams “UNHARMONIOUS” at all the others and reassigns the previously acceptable painting to the ever-growing pile in the “for the bin” corner! Don’t you hate it when that happens….

~ by Tomorrowslices on July 15, 2012.

6 Responses to “Blank”

  1. I love your ‘Venetian Door’ – the colours and composition work really well, it’s beautiful 🙂

    • Thank you, brushneedleandwhisk – glad you liked it – I can’t take much credit for the composition, as I was following Jean’s exercise, but some of the colour combinations are my own. Thanks for visiting my blog – took a quick peek at yours – love the sub-title “creativity in a crazy world …” – I can relate to that so well! You’ve got some gorgeous paintings in your gallery – Keep that creativity going!

  2. These colours, textures and exercises are fabulous. Not easy when we haven’t got the inclination due to life’s stresses so doubly great works imho.

    • Thanks, Laura – these were from a few weeks ago – trying to get back into grabbing little bits of time here and there and not wait for the “perfect” painting moment!

  3. These exercises are terrific Dawn and exactly the best things to do when creativity and time are on a low…. at worst you are still painting and at best you are learning new techniques, which might even give you new ideas for your own work. Keep saying am going to put music on to get my right brain in gear as I paint but not done it yet but will get back to you when I do to tell you if it’s made a difference!!

    • Thanks, Judith – I am enjoying the process of “dipping” into the exercises in Jean’s book when I can grab a moment – it’s hard not to find inspiration from her gorgeous colours and stunning examples.

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