July just flew by. Frankly, I’m a little surprised to realize we’re entering the second week of August already.
Summer is just about over here in Colorado. With September will come cooler weather, which I am certainly looking forward to. We’ve had 90º+ days here just about every day in July and even around the end of June. While I like warm weather, 90 degrees for endless days is not my preference!
On to the art!
I’m not sure if it was the challenge to stay working in a single medium, or that I was starting to feel a bit burned out after making something new just about every single day since February, but wow, I really fizzled out on the #WorldWatercolorMonth challenge about half way through July.
In all honesty, I do think I needed to give myself some kind of a break, and I actually did take a couple days off from creating so I could re-charge. I’m going through another such non-creative feeling at the moment but I’m quite alright with it. I know I want to get back to doing fun, pretty things sooner rather than later.
One thing I did see in myself is that I got really tired of working primarily in just one medium for an extended length of time.
It is really clear to me that I enjoy variety in what I do. So part way through the month, I ended up giving the watercolors a break and instead drew a couple of mandalas, and did some ink drawing, as well as a marker piece. I felt so much better, creatively, after doing those things.
And I have, of course, continued to work on brush lettering prompts from the #dndchallenge on Instagram.
Don’t get me wrong—I love watercolors. I think they’re really quite fun. But I apparently don’t want to just live in watercolors continuously.
At the beginning of this month, I gave myself a real treat and actually did a mixed media piece. It was really a lot of fun (aside from the pulling out and cleaning up of all the miscellaneous supplies!)
I ultimately feel back in my stride again after taking a break from only doing watercolors.
I stepped further away from art stuff today and sated my creative hunger by creating a miniature watercolor block to take with me when I go on vacation soon.
I’ll still bring my pocket Leuchtturm1917 sketchbook with me on my travels, but having a really small, compact watercolor block on hand for days I’m itching to put color on the page will be a good option for me (and I won’t have to worry about prepping my Leuchtturm1917 with gesso.)
If you’d like to learn how to make a mini travel watercolor block, hop over to Lindsay’s YouTube channel to see her how-to video.
So of course, what did I do just yesterday after moaning and groaning about watercolor? A watercolor galaxy painting. :)
So do you get burned out with your art at times? What do you do to change things up? Leave a comment below.