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I have 111 books in my studio (yes, I counted them) that are Tutorials, and I acquired them slowly over about 10 years. I find that I no longer go to them for inspiration, and decided to get rid of them. Before I do that, however, I’m going to TRY to do ONE PAGE out of each book. Wish me luck……
7 Books Down, 104 to go….
Book: Glorious Garden Flowers in Watercolor, by Susan Harrison-Tustain
Page 86 – Meticulously and slowly lay down very thin washes of color.
This woman does floral paintings that are darn close to photo-realism. Apparently, when I bought this book (years ago) I thought I’d do that as well. Then I realized the “slowly and meticulously” part……. gahhhhhhh
I chose what looked like the easiest exercise in the book – a European Butterfly. This took me AT LEAST 1.5 hours. So much effort, and I don’t even really like the outcome. Again, not the fault of the author, just not something that is part of my creative vocabulary.