Long before the trees began to change their color, I had in mind to paint a tree in all its glory this fall. Though the maples are my favorites this time of year, I settled in on these two walnut trees that stand on the front corner of our property. Why? Because they are the same ones that I painted in the second week of this challenge in “Blizzard 2016”. Looking at the two paintings side by side makes me think of how, just like the trees, we each go through different seasons in our lives. While some seasons are less ‘beautiful’ than others, none of them last forever. I am reminded that “This too shall pass”.
I did this painting Saturday afternoon/evening, so I went out to my studio earlier today to get it to photograph. It was a gorgeous fall day here with the sun igniting the leaves that are left as if they were on fire…and suddenly my painting looked so washed out!! “Should I go add more color?”, I thought. Herein lies a big part of this challenge for me. With my big watercolors that take me months to create, I am constantly stepping away from my work, studying it from afar and tweaking every imperfection. However, due to the limited time that I am allowing myself each weekend to work on these challenges, these works are far from perfect…which ironically is my goal. Yet, it is the letting go and saying that it is “good enough” that is so incredibly challenging for me. I will forever strive for “excellence”, but I continue to try desperately to refrain from the pursuit of “perfection”. They are very different, but separating the two is not easy for me.
Despite all, I am very pleased with how loose I stayed throughout this piece! And if you’re wondering if I added more color today, I did not. 🙂 Another week down and another step closer to my goal. If you missed my post which explains this year-long challenge, please read You’re Invited To The Unveilings.