When planning a watercolor painting, I like to have everything in place before beginning the actual watercolor. The paint dries so quickly that if you don’t have everything planned out, you may not get the effect you’re looking for in the final result.
The sketch in my blog post, “Living Creatures“, is a draft of a future painting. My sketches never look exactly like my final product. It’s just a nice way to get my ideas out in the open and do some testing.
My goal for this piece of art is to admire the handiwork of God. I want there to be simplicity to the piece but still include all the created elements mentioned in Genesis 1 and 2. Something helpful about sketching it out before applying watercolor is the ability to plan out just where the color is going to go. I don’t want the color to be overwhelming, but more like the creativity of God weaving in and out of His own art.
So there’s a little bit of the thoughts that go through my head when starting a new watercolor!