I've been studying watercolor techniques with Julia Cairns. This was my first attempt with negative painting.
The class was doing guinea hens, but I don't follow directions well. I'm in under the sea mode as I work on my Mermaid book, so of course, I painted a fish. A fantastical fish, inspired by my research into coral fish. I want my mermaids to playfully introduce children to the wonders of the ocean. In fact I'm doing a whole series of fantasy fish, as a way to experiment with the techniques Julia is teaching and still stay focused on the ocean and it's creatures.
Here's my goal: one pencil drawing (thumbnail) for the book and one small square fantasy sea creature per week until the book is finished. Think I can do it? So far so good: I have 5 fantasy fishes finished and seven or eight thumbnail spreads for the book.
Inspired by the places where land meets water, and by stories.