Do You Implement Daily Practices? : Watercolor Practice
Do you implement daily practices? I am all about lists and goals but I have found that my personality tends to get bored or discouraged easily. I see this a lot in my creative practice as I bounce around from one type of art form to another. I get excited to try something taht I have dreamed up and when it doesn’t turn out, I give up. Rarely do I have one art form that I do longer than 6 months. I always come back to them all but usually it takes a while. Some of my creative art forms are knitting, sewing, mixed media, watercolor, drawing, story writing, home decorating and baking. So far, baking, and mixed media are the ones that I have stuck with the longest.
Lately, I have been pondering what I am going to do when my children are all in school. I could go back to nursing, but I found it to be SO stressful in the 8 years I practiced that now I want to do something creative. I would love to make money doing what I love (wouldn’t we all) but after looking it over, I have found that I am not great at any one thing. Sure, I am good at a lot of things but I am not good at any ONE thing. And for the first time in my life that bothers me. Does that mean I am having a mid-life crisis?
I need to be better at making longer term goals and sticking to them, so this year, I want to get better at some kind of art form and find my creative style.
My new sourdough recipe to try this week was these Golden Sourdough Biscuits. (you can click on the name to get to the recipe) Some of you have asked where I get my sourdough recipes. All of them are online, either from FB groups or searching for recipes. If the recipe is online I will link the recipe and it will show up in blue. My family liked the biscuits and they were very easy and quick to make. I like that there was no proofing time.
I decided to be adventurous for lunch one day and I made two trays of these mini pizza’s made from sliced bread. They were a hit and very easy to make. I found out that two of my children love mushrooms and one does not.
Another new recipe was these Ginger Cardamom Lemon Bars. That may sound like a strange spice combination for lemon bars and I admit, I had reservations that my hubby would like them but they were gone in a few days. My husband loved the texture of the crust and he thought the filling was really creamy compared to other lemon bar recipes I have tried. I will definitely be making these again. The recipe is found in my new cookbook, The Honeysuckle Cookbook.
The food and flower market (very first picture), are lessons completed from The Joy of Watercolor: 40 Happy Lessons for Painting the World Around You.
The muffins and brie are practice from a tutorial on Youtube.
The ice cream cone is practice from the below photograph.
Watercolor: Daily Practice
In an effort to improve my drawing and painting skills I have started a daily practice of setting a timer for 30 minutes and painting something. Anything. It can be from a photo, real life or just from my imagination. I have only been doing this for 2 weeks but I have already started to see improvement. I want to share my weekly photos here as a way to keep accountable. So here is my first weeks daily practice in order, day 1-7.
I am joining the tea ladies hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. My tea today is Tealyra – Cherry Goddess – Fruity Herbal Loose Leaf Tea. I haven’t tried this tea but it sounds delicious and I added it to my wish list. Cherries are one of my favorite fruits and I bet they would be very tasty in tea.
What about you, have you had cherry tea?
Happy Tea Day,