- Elizabeth Reich
July is for Splashing in Colors
Since its inception in 2016 July is World Watercolor Month (WWM) founded by Charlie O'Shields, the creator of Doodlewash, WWM is a global charitable event to support arts education; with the ultimate challenge of 31 Watercolors in 31 Days!
Splashing in Watercolors to Celebrate World Watercolor Month!
My participation for 2021 includes the intention to paint 31 small landscape paintings and to donate 5% of earnings from sales (in the month of July only) from art prints and art on products found in my Society6 shop to WWM official charity International Child Art Foundation (ICAF).
Prompts are provided and there are many ways to interpret them
one could chose to take the month to try and establish the habit of painting daily
If you wish to participate, but not paint:
follow the link to Doodlewash (above) to explore other artists watercolors,
if you're on social media visit #WorldWatercolorMonth support an artist by sharing their work, or leaving a comment.
My journey will be shared on this blog, I hope weekly, and daily @LZBTH Creative's FB and IG feeds.
One of my goals this year was to work on improving my landscape painting skills. After seeing the prompts, and being notified that art instructor Angela Fehr would be leading a landscape class, I decided July was the time to start building my toolbox of techniques for each element found in the landscape (sky, rock, trees, land and water).
The first prompt ~ Reflection ~ had me doing exactly that.
One of my first attempts at landscape painting was due to a prompt from 2018 WWM Day 28 -- Nature Hike (you can see the results in the above image, bottom center). This painting was inspired by one of my favorite places to Hike: Madison County Nature Trail-Green Mountain around Sky Lake, pictured above lower right.
Ten months after the 1st painting I was working through Angela Fehr's Heart-Led Landscapes in Watercolor class +working with a local art mentor producing other iterations of this scene, a couple of these are pictured lower left.
Something finally clicked with trying to paint this scene in late fall 2019, with the final touches occurring in early winter of 2020. This painting, pictured above -- top, became available in March 2020 in my Society6 shop as art prints and art on products.
Looking forward to the rest of WWM, growing my landscape skills, and sharing WWM with you.