I love the loose wet look of watercolor sketches but have never really done on location painting before. I sketch in public all the time but have never pulled out a set of travel watercolors and finished off the sketch that way. I love doing watercolor in the comfort of my studio so I thought it was time to step it up a bit.
While I am somewhat comfortable using my tricks to sketch in public without being noticed, for some reason doing it in watercolor made me feel like I would be more exposed. I don’t like people looking over my shoulder as I am sketching I think because I feel vulnerable because it isn’t finished yet. This week I set out on a mission to get over that hurdle and see how it went.
I have to say it wasn’t too bad. At the end, I did feel a little anxious when I got my brush and paint out. The feeling was more so about feeling rushed to get it down. In the process though, I realized it is no different than if they were to get up in the middle of my sketch. I improvise and make it work whether it is just pen or pen and wash. The beauty is, as everyone stated in a previous post (“How do you sketch on location with watercolors?“), I can always take a picture or paint it later.
Anyone else have one of those aha moments where you realize your making something harder or bigger than it is?