30X30 Direct Watercolor Challenge 2019

Time to fill up those palettes! June 1st is when the #30x30DirectWatercolorChallenge2019 starts. Hosted by Marc Taro Holmes and Uma Kelkar. It’s not too late to join the facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/30x30Watercolor

new_colors.jpg(Pigment details under the Supplies tab)

I don’t have much of a plan, but I have a few thoughts on things to work on:

• I will probably work small, it’s my best chance of fitting the challenge into my day.

• I am going to try to keep (pen) line out of it. That’s a hard one for me, I love line. But it’s good to focus on no-line sometimes.

Here’s an example of what I’m gonna try and do more. This is my son and his cat in direct watercolor.  A small 5×7 inch piece.

See the two versions below: The one on the left is what I’d usually do: wet-in-wet washes and pen line to finish it up.

The one on the right is direct watercolor, no pen.

Not hugely different techniques, but it takes restraint (for me) to not pull out my pen to finish up. And it takes me longer to paint a piece in just watercolor.

Will I do 30? I don’t know, I’ll jump in and find out. What about you?


About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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6 Responses to 30X30 Direct Watercolor Challenge 2019

  1. I did it last year but can’t remember if I did 30. As a pen-and-ink-first sketcher, it was challenging for sure but a lot of fun at the same time. Ever so often, I sketch direct with watercolour, you know, like on a whim but the month-long challenge is good for mixing things up in a focused way and stretching myself. I’m excited to do it again and see what my sketching friends share.

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  2. kimbidraws says:

    I’ll have a go, see how far I get!


  3. Rachael says:

    As much as I like your lines the watercolour only is so much more evocative! You captured the fluffiness so well.


  4. Jennifer nichols says:

    Great job! I love both of these:)


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