Ideas and Road Blocks – The Spark


The spark of an idea can come at any time and we as artists need to be ready to catch them. We can store them in sketch books or note books but if we store them for too long, they can become lost.
I did a video about catching one idea and how I’m going to put it into a watercolor picture. There are a few things that I consider before jumping off and acquiring one more project.
1. Do I have the time to do this?
2. Is this something I want to participate in?
3. Can I come up with a good idea for the painting I want to do?


Ideas seem to pop into my head. Pictures seem to pop into my head and then I need to walk around the idea in my brain and see if it would be a good project. The trick becomes trying to match or make the finished painting better than what I see in my mind. The beauty of painting with watercolor is that some parts of the painting, paints itself and you have to recognize the beauty when you see it on the paper before you and keep it even if it’s not what you have planned.


We had a big wind storm a couple of days ago and while I was riding my bike along the trail, I looked up and there blocking the whole trail was a tree top that had fallen over and blocked the whole trail. I had to stop quickly and pick up my bike and hike around the tree and get back on the trail. Projects are like the bike ride, you have things that get in the way of your projects but you have to pick up your paints, walk around the road block and keep painting on the other side.


Here are a couple of upcoming events:
Utah Watercolor Society Spring Show at the Ogden Eccles Community Art Center, Ogden Utah from May 6 – May 28th 2016.
3rd Annual Arts and the Park Light on the Reef Watercolor Plein Air competition at Capitol Reef with the Entrada Institute and the Utah Watercolor Society. June 1 – June 4th, 2016. The auction will be Saturday night June 4th. It is a great event. Get out in the spring sunshine and watch the painters paint in the park and surrounding area. Check out the Auction and go home with a great painting from the event.

Eccles Community Art Center

Entrada Institute



About Sherry Meidell

Sherry Meidell is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society Western Federation Watercolor Society and the Utah Watercolor Society. She loves to paint with watercolor whether she is painting pictures or illustrating children's picture books. She is a member of SCBWI. Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
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2 Responses to Ideas and Road Blocks – The Spark

  1. KENT W DAHLBERG Owner says:

    Is your September class full? 

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