This week’s challenge may seem underwhelming, but there really is more achievement here than meets the eye. I decided to do this piece as a challenge because of a discovery I made after last week’s challenge. Once I completed “An Undercover Blessing” I wanted to write the title in pencil directly on the painting as a part of the piece, but was too afraid of ruining it. With that, I quickly realized how far I veered from my original purpose of this challenge. This was to be a time of freedom, practice and experimenting…with the freedom to FAIL. These were never meant to be pieces of precious art!
Because I was held back with fear of ‘touching the paper’ and making a mistake, I wanted to ‘touch the paper’ this week in courage…without all my safety nets. Though I have done very little lettering in watercolor, anytime that I have done it, I have first drawn every letter, dot every ‘i’ and cross every ‘t’ in pencil before touching it with paint. So, with this piece, the only pencil I used was to draw two lines (that the larger words sit on) in order to avoid a total train wreck. Other than that, it is all freehanded with watercolor.
Another challenge for me was achieving the fluidity in my strokes that I wanted. Lettering is a different art all together, and you hold the brush very differently than I am used to. Honestly, just figuring out the best brushes to use was a challenge! Haha. And if you look close on the large words, you can see that I kept all the water stains…a big step for me!
The inspiration for this piece came from a gift my friend recently gave me with this saying on it. She said it reminded her of my challenges. I love it! Thank you, Susie, for the inspiration!
If you missed my post which explains this year-long challenge, please read You’re Invited To The Unveilings.
cookie baldasarra says
and Michele you did just that love aunt cookie
Thank you, Aunt Cookie. 🙂
I love it!! I feel so honored I could help inspire one of your pieces of art work. Love you my dear sweet friend.
Love you too, Susie! Aren’t we overdue for some Asian Nachos?? It’s been a whole week, you know.
Reminds me of that story in the Gospels where Jesus asks the man if he believes. I reply the same. “I believe. Lord help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24). I especially like the NIV translation — “help me OVERCOME my unbelief.” And the verse before it shows the result…”All things are possible to him who believes.”
That’s awesome, Christie! Thanks for sharing…
Your art is never underwhelming. I continue to love seeing each new piece and hearing how it has challenged you and your talent.