I love thIs quote from the book Art & Fear by David Bayles & Ted Orland: “Look at your work and it tells you how it is when you hold back or when you embrace. When you are lazy, your art is lazy; when you hold back, it holds back; when you hesitate, it stands there staring, hands in its pockets. But when you commit, it comes on like blazes.”
The confidence you feel when making your painting, translates and shows up in your finished product. So if you start thinking more about your audience instead of your painting, it will show up in your painting. If you are more worried about the finished product instead of finding joy in your process, it will show up in your finished painting.
It’s freeing to sketch right on your watercolor paper and dive into the painting. It gives you a different feeling from the making of a value study, color study and being so worried about the finished drawing. But it is good to do a bit of thinking before you start. I think there is a place for both methods and both results.
You can find the recording of my live demo on painting faces on the Utah Watercolor Society Facebook Page.
You can find my comments along with 23 other illustrators on Giuseppe Castellano’s Podcast The Illustration Deprtment Episode 57—our 1-year Anniversary Episode.
You can find my demo on painting a white flower here on You tube