All Quiet on the Autumn Painting Front

Painting Time

It seems I’ve been quiet throughout Autumn, but I have discovered something really interesting that has proved to be very helpful. It is surprising how you can be caught up in something and then realise you’re losing painting time. What am I talking about? Social Media, especially Twitter and Facebook. It is remarkable how many hours you can lose to chatting or just responding to comments. So I decided to leave social media for a while, who knew it would be this long, but in doing so I found I had more time to paint. Now don’t misunderstand me, I do love to chat and interact, but painting has to be my priority.

Watercolour palette mixes
Watercolour Palettes

It can take a long time to produce one of my watercolour paintings, any where between 30 to 130 hours and that is just purely painting time. Then I need time to explore, research and sketch. Then I need time to reply to emails, posting to VIP client accounts, ordering supplies, yet more paperwork and not forgetting my demanding adorable family that I have to clothe and feed. Then I need time for one of my best resources, my beloved garden, which could be a full time job on its own.

So during this ‘quiet’ Autumn front I have been outdoors more, painting the shimmering light upon the waves, the ploughing of the fields for harvest, the farmers baling the golden strands of hay, the pear trees heavy with fruit, the blackberries protruding the hedges, the leaves turning golden yellow, orange and vibrant red, the Swallows leaving for warmer climes, the first morning frosts and the glowing deep red skies as the sun sets and ………

Watercolour Autumn Sketches
Autumn Watercolour Sketches

As you can imagine there are lots of blogs to write and share with you. Hopefully I will not be so quiet now, but the desire to capture all that happens in nature, as the seasons change, pulls my attention, before these moments in time are lost and I have to wait another year.

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Author: Helen Parry

I am a self-taught watercolour artist, which has been the best way for me to learn my own style and technique, as there are no boundaries. I love the luminosity and the subtle layers of colour I can achieve with watercolour and prefer to use this medium.