ITeRaTions – ITeRATioNS – ITeRATioNs


I met a man hiking in Capitol Reef during the Utah Watercolor Society Plein air competition. He was the perfect subject for my iterations.

Here is a quote from “Art and Fear” by David Bayles & Ted Orland: “Between the initial idea and the finished piece lies a gulf we can see across, but never fully chart.” That is the exciting thing about art, going into the uncharted. You’re not really sure where you will end up.


Trying new colors and a new cropping and some stamping.

I took a work shop from Sue Martin entitled “Iterations”. We took one subject matter and painted it different ways. It stretched our creativity, challenged our thought process and got us thinking about just exactly how do we want to create our art. She told us to be will ing to try something else. “What if…..?”


Then trying a quick watercolor sketch.

It is the same way with illustration. The first idea that pops into your mind might not be the best so if we spend a bit of time playing in our sketch book and really putting ourselves into the illustration we are creating, walk around in it, and think about the participants, we can come up with a more exciting illustration, an illustration that really says what we want it to say.


Pencil Sketch


Pencil Sketch by the seven year old. She has a great way of showing the fuzziness of the cubs.


Pencil sketch by three year old

Here are three drawings of the same subject by two of my grandkids and myself. It is so fun to see how all three of us looked at the same picture and came up with entirely different drawing. So take joy in your ability no matter where it is at. Take a little play time with our pencil, pens and sketch books. Start thinking like that second grader buried deep inside you and take joy in the creating.

Sue Martin

Capitol Reef



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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