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Observations on Day 406 – A Watercolour Sketch a Day!

Looking back, I haven’t written about my project, ‘a Watercolour Sketch a Day’ since the 127th day. I’m happy to report that today is Day 406 and I haven’t missed a day yet.

It’s been a fascinating journey and I’m making heaps of mistakes so I must be learning a lot!

So, why pick Day 406 to write about the experience, I mean why not write about it on Day 200, 300 or 400? I noticed that today signifies a slight change in direction…

To explain: When I first started, it was about a Watercolour Sketch a Day, meaning the goal was to create a daily watercolour sketching habit, quick sketches that I could do on say A5 (or smaller) pages.

This was how it was for a time, then I noticed I was attempting larger sketches on A4 and above paper which is fine, but they were taking longer and longer to complete and as I’m not a full-time artist, my time to commit to larger sketches during the week is not as great. Sometimes, I only get a limited time to do them, say 10 – 20 minutes. On the weekends it is longer, mostly.

I also noticed that after a very busy day I was prone to tackling easier subjects, abstract I suppose you could call them which is fine and fun though at times I felt I was doing ‘anything’ just to say that the sketch was done for that day. I don’t want this to be a production, it was meant to be and is fun.

Also, I had gone away from using pencils and pigment liners as well. I want to improve my drawing/sketching skills with the aforementioned tools as well Watercolour paints.

This morning I decided to go back to my original intentions. I started using a pencil again and am doing a smaller size sketch.

One of the challenges I have is that I don’t get out as much as I like to sketch, especially during the week as I run a business, though it is not tied to an office or shop predominantly, per se.

Perhaps I should tuck a Moleskine A5 Watercolour journal and a couple of pencils etc in my portable folder so that if the chance comes up, I could do a quick sketch whilst waiting for an appointment. That would be a great habit to start instead of pulling out the Smartphone and wasting time with that…

Doing a Watercolour Sketch a Day still motivates me and I can certainly say that I am enjoying the journey. Watercolour is such a fascinating medium. Drawing/sketching is fun and it still feels like a kind of meditation for me.

Here are a selection of my Watercolour Sketches since Day 128.

Written by David Johnson
7 March 2020

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Day 128 of a Watercolour Sketch a Day “Farmhouse”

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Day 152 of a Watercolour Sketch a Day “Seafaring Fun”

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Day 164 of a Watercolour Sketch a Day “Towards The Summit”

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Day 177 of a Watercolour Sketch a Day “The Rock”

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Day 190 of a Watercolour Sketch a Day “Snow Gum Palette”

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Day 196 of a Watercolour Sketch a Day “Out To Sea”

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Day 197 of a Watercolour Sketch a Day “Sea Retreat”

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Day 217 of a Watercolour Sketch a Day “Paperbark”

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Day 255 of a Watercolour Sketch a Day “Summer”

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Day 267 of a Watercolour Sketch a Day “Pyramids Of Giza”

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Day 274 of a Watercolour Sketch a Day “Sunset”

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Day 283 of a Watercolour Sketch a Day “Ochre”

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Day 291 of a Watercolour Sketch a Day “Carcoar Architecture”

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Day 294 of a Watercolour Sketch a Day “Posing Kookaburra”

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Day 324 of a Watercolour Sketch a Day “Rock Face”

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Day 333 of a Watercolour Sketch a Day “Sunset On The Bay”

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Day 334 of a Watercolour Sketch a Day “Coastal Delight”

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Day 339 of a Watercolour Sketch a Day “Coloured Sky”

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Day 350 of a Watercolour Sketch a Day “Fresia”

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Day 365 of a Watercolour Sketch a Day “Land Claim”

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Day 372 of a Watercolour Sketch a Day “New Day”

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Day 375 of a Watercolour Sketch a Day “Tones”

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Day 381 of a Watercolour Sketch a Day “The Shack”

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Day 385 of a Watercolour Sketch a Day “Central Peak At Sunset”

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Day 393 of a Watercolour Sketch a Day “Silos At Sunset”

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Day 398 of a Watercolour Sketch a Day “Fireworks”

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Day 406 of a Watercolour Sketch a Day “At Rest”

Watercolour Sketch A Day Continues…

Back on Australia Day, 26 January 2019, I decided to do a Watercolour Sketch a Day, mainly because I was inconsistent in getting to actually paint. I wanted to learn Watercolour and would do a small one, then life would intervene and before I knew it, another couple of weeks had passed and so on…

As of today (Day 127) I have done 127 Watercolour Sketches in a row. It continues to be fun and has become a kind of therapy and it helps me escape into my own little world and away from digital technology, as digital seems to have pervaded into most areas of our lives. I find it quite meditative and am thoroughly enjoying this journey of fun and learning!

Currently, I have about 3 sketchbooks going. One is a Paper Mill A4 heavier Ivory paper (that sadly the manufacturer has advised is now unavailable), a Moleskine Watercolour A5 Journal (200gsm) and an A4 (120gsm) hardcover Journal.

With the Paper Mill Journal being unavailable, I think that I will have a go at building my own. More on that in another post.

I use Cotman Watercolour Half-Pans, Aqua Wash (mainly) and some conventional brushes and Staedtler Pigment Liners and Derwent pencils.

For now, here is a selection of my Watercolour Sketches since Day 67.

Written by David Johnson
1 June 2019

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Day 67 – Peppers Manor House Woodshed

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Day 72 – Bark

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Day 84 – Contemplation

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Day 86 – Paperbark & Grass

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Day 91 – Park Stairway

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Day 92 – Afternoon Church

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Day 100 – Gouldian Finch

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Day 110 – Wyangala Waters

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Day 114 – Erosion

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Day 119 – Point Pigeon Lighthouse

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Day 124 – Lighthouse

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Day 127 – River Reflections