At a recent Social Watercolor a friend made a beautiful drawing of a cat.
So beautiful that she was hesitant to add paint in case she ‘ruined’ it.
Painting should tap into joy.
Here’s an exercise to move beyond the need to be perfect and find fun & spontaneity:
Choose a simple subject. A cat or a flower… your hand or a favorite chair. If you love portraits, sketch a friend.
Now forget about trying to get the colors right. Instead fill your palette with colors that excite you.
Paint the shapes in your subject… not the details. Look for the light & dark areas, wet them and allow your paint to flow and interact.
Let the magic happen!