Like the painting yesterday, I used my Pelikan watercolor set again. I quickly scanned through this youtube tutorial to get a handle on how to approach painting a tree. I used about 4 different shades of green for the foliage, and basically 2 shades of brown for the trunk and branches, with a bit of green mixed in for shadows. I need to try painting more trees! I think figuring out where the lighting is coming from can be a challenge for me in any drawing or painting, so I’d like to try that again. This tree came out looking a bit boxy, but for a first attempt it’s pretty cool.
My aunt has a book on landscapes in watercolor, so I was looking at it recently and decided to try one of the projects listed in the book – I’m pretty sure it was a painting of the Rockies somewhere. It was the very first project & introduces you to basic watercolor washes, layering, etc.
I’m not always the best at talking about issues that matter to me – I suppose that’s why it’s generally easier for me to express myself through music or art. However! There has been a lot in the news that’s been concerning me lately, & a lot of that is related to climate change. In about a week, the Trump administration has instituted a media blackout/gag order for the EPA and brought back the pipelines, among other things. While I’m not a scientist myself, I love science & believe that the scientific process is key to understanding our world. When the vast majority of scientists believe that climate change is happening & that humans have an impact on it, who am I to disagree?
With that being said, if you live in the US & want to try & do something, please consider signing a petition to ungag the EPA and call your senators to oppose the nomination of Scott Pruitt as head of the EPA.
Also check out some of the rogue/alt accounts that have been popping up surrounding the EPA gag order – I’m not a social media person & do not use Twitter, so it’s saying something when I recommend checking them out!:
And a lot more: https://twitter.com/ariherzog/lists/alt-and-rogue/members
Also, please support the ACLU because they kicked ass this weekend: https://www.aclu.org/
And, now on to some commentary about the painting!