Here on day two of this commission I have applied the first layer of watercolor. I did spend more time refining the sketch from yesterday, although, I am always so eager to apply paint I didn’t want to show the next sketch image but moved right to the colored photo. It’s a perpetual thing I do with everything. I paint a canvas before a drawing is present. I paint my house before the windows are trimmed & I can’t ever seem to curtail this indulgence. I have been taught to mix plenty of color in my palette before touching the paper yet I did not do that here. My intention was to keep the paint light & fluid letting the colors mix on the paper wet on wet. The result instead is a rather blotchy effect though all is not lost. I find it difficult to tell what the end result will be from this beginning so of course I will carry on.
While I was working today I was contemplating forgiveness. Considering how hard it is to forgive those that keep an animal & then let it suffer. It seems perhaps an inconceivable notion when you hear a story such as Blitz’s. Then I remembered this quote “If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
May you all be healthy & happy! Thanks for reading my thoughts!