A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A WATERCOLOUR ARTIST
As a family we are all early risers, probably due to the cuckoo making it’s morning call. After breakfast I run around getting the household chores done, before the children get the school bus, so there are no distractions in the day. I make my way to my studio, which luckily for me is in the garden, so no commuting, bliss.
Not every day is the same, it all depends on whether I am painting a commission, having to meet customers or painting outdoors on location. I usually do my research, planning, ordering and sketches during the evening and will have stretched my paper the day before. So at about 9 (earlier if I can ignore the chores) when I go into my studio I already know what I am painting and can just get on and paint. As a watercolour artist, I prefer to make the most of painting in the natural light.
I will normally play music from my own playlists, or the radio or even listen to podcasts while I paint. I have a curious mind and a thirst for knowledge, which means my tastes are wide and varied and not shared by the rest of the family (so I’ve been told). I become completely absorbed in painting that the time just flies by. Generally between 4 and 5 the children are home, so we discuss their day and I organise the evening meal. During the lighter nights, I cannot resist going back to the studio and continue to paint till the light fades or I am persuaded out by a dessert or a glass of wine.
Helen’s work has been sold across the UK. She is available for private commissions.