Currently, I am busy recording videos for my upcoming class about watercolor painting in sketchbooks. The intention of this class is to show how watercolor painting can be easy and when done in a sketchbook, it can be even easier. By this, I mean that when I paint on an expensive sheet of watercolor paper, I have the fear of messing up and possibly wasting such a nice paper and getting a bad painting on it.
On the other hand, when I paint in a sketchbook, I have no such fear because I am not painting for a gallery or exhibition. Sketchbook is my private area where I get to practice fearlessly, mess up and still not feel guilty about it. I want my students to experience this freedom.
The truth is that when I paint without the fear of judgment, the painting usually turns out nicer than the painting done under the fear. Isn’t that the whole intention of practicing art, to be able to paint better and better?
On last weekend when my family was out for shopping school items, I stopped my car at a quiet spot for some sketching. To my surprise, I saw an old car parked behind a compound wall just next to me.
I spent next half an hour sketching that car on my iPad using Artrage App and the result is attached below. I am not a vintage car aficionado and so don’t know the make of the car. Let me know in comments if you recognize it.