Friday, August 1, 2014

Get Some Coaching

"Get Some Coaching"  8 by 10 pencil sketch on bristol paper, Maria's Watercolor Art

I would like  to share a link with you to an article by Brendon Burchard, "Five Steps For Achieving Your Goals", as the line from his article that comes to mind today is ...

Get Some Coaching...

Five Steps For Achieving Your Goals

With no formal training in art, I so often think where do I begin??  So often I have been told the way to progress is to practice, practice and practice some more.  An accomplished  artist once  told me 2 hours of practice per day and you can be good at anything. Really?  Anything?!  That is very encouraging.

Well, I must say, I practice each day, and keep an active sketchbook, paint whenever I have the chance, but only recently  I picked up a book I found on drawing techniques, I am only half way through and have learned so much already.  Different paper, shading techniques, measuring guides, so much I never knew.

I will continue the practice, but what a difference a little guidance makes.

Don't get me wrong, I have art books, but I really think at this point, some focused coaching would be a great direction to take.

Any books, videos, workshops you would like to share with me?!

Could coaching be a help to you at this point of your journey?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Zoey, the Black Cat in Watercolor and Summertime

Cosmo and I enjoying the summer sunshine

a current work in progress, 11 by 14 watercolor
Zoey is 8 by 10 watercolor on paper, nearly finished 
Summertime is flying by, nearly through July already.  I have been painting and sketching all summer. So much harder for me to maintain a schedule though in the summer, one home from college, the other here and there, vacation, house repairs, I have little routine and this is hard on the Art Time.  

Keeping my focus on enjoying my kids while they are home, I know it won't be long before I miss them being in the house and eating ALL the food in the fridge :)

A quick summary in photos, finishing the black cat portrait, and waiting for the owners OK here, starting the horse and rider, and making very SLOW progress, and enjoying the time with the kids and animals as summer moves right along, How about you?

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Golden Retriever in Watercolor

Golden Retriever in Watercolor on Paper Maria's Watercolor Art©2014
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Thought I might share a few progress photos of this Golden Retriever profile painted in watercolor.
I have been doing my evening sketches on watercolor paper, and it gives me something to jump into when I have a few minutes of time to paint.  

“Once someone has had the good fortune to share a true love affair with a Golden Retriever, one’s life and one’s outlook is never quite the same.” –Betty White