Watercolour has been my most feared and least-favoured medium. I find technically hard to understand and manage the colours, amount of water on the paper, on the brush… the flow, blah blah blah…. Either the colours appear jarring and uncoordinated, the brushstrokes are in a total mess, the shades and tones look odd, or the colours simply bleed into each other.
So, today I thought I might want to push out of my comfort zone and face this fear, and moving beyond it. My goal was being able to master watercolour adequately so I may adopt the medium of choice anytime when I deem is most appropriate for the subject or context. But, it has been hard to stay focus on the goal – so easy to just use the pen.
The hurdle really is taking the first step to building confidence, which often crumbles at the thought of the possibility of discouragement. For the last few times I have tried, I had produce nothing imageable.
Today, we had lunch at the fairly new Coconut Club, highly-rated for its nasi lemak, before we met up with the rest of the sketching buddies at Thian Hock Keng Temple. This version of nasi lemak didn’t disappoint at all, and I thought well-worth ‘recording’ it somehow.
Outcome was not bad – I see some improvement, though I really dreaded the process to arrive at this. I guess it helps when the subject happens to be your favourite food 🙂
The next step is, perhaps, to maintain the momentum. Will have to find a next favourite subject then.