Update on a daily painting – asheville

I took this painting to our local art association group last night and entered it in the Artist of the Month competition and was happy to find out that it won first prize!
That was just the bit of encouragement I needed to keep working.

To answer the question Frank B asked earlier about what I’m discovering with this new direction …

I’m finding that for some watercolor subjects, specifically landscapes, I find that the faster I work the better the results are. When I fiddle around and keep working with something trying to ‘force’ a mood or effect, it really falls flat. But when I just let the water do what it’s going to do and keep things more impressionistic, I like the outcome. Using a bigger brush helps, too because it doesn’t allow me to get fussy. Now, clearly this wouldn’t work if I was trying to do something with sharp focus realism. I’m going to have to try the loose approach with other subject matter, too, and discover what happens.


  1. Cin
    December 2, 2006

    congratulations! I very much like the loose approach you’re trying and look forward to seeing where you’ll go with it

  2. Annie
    December 2, 2006

    Congrats, Karen, for the prize. Though I like so many of your” mountain” landscapes, perhaps Ashville River is my favorite, now. I just want to keep looking at it. It gives me a good feeling to see you opening up to painting so freely.

  3. Katherine
    December 3, 2006

    Many congratulations Karen. I think you’ve had a bit of a breakthrough with your new approach to painting, which has – of course – all the hallmarks classic of good practice for loosening up and getting the focus on the whole picture rather than the itty bitty bits.

  4. Anastasia
    December 3, 2006

    Fantastic news!! congratulations Karen!

  5. margaret hunt
    June 21, 2007

    wohoo….i know you were tickled:> lovely as usual….

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