Yesterday’s Painting Adventure inspired Today’s Live Stream Project!

Hi friends! Yesterday I found myself in a town I have never really explored before with a few hours on my hands…

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I was up early to drop my daughter Maizy off at a team building exercise with her high school basketball team (high school? I can’t even!) and I debated whether or not to drive back home to work and then come back to Orono to pick her up. Originally I thought the ropes course they were doing was 2 hours so I grabbed my travel painting gear and took her to the course.

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When I got there I found out it was a 4 hour program so I was at a loss of what to do. When it was a 2 hour program spending an extra hour on the road (driving home then driving back) was wasting 50% of that time but with a 4 hour course I was only wasting 25% so I probably should go home and work. I’m so glad I didn’t “should” all over myself, instead I decided to drive around and see if I could find a nice spot to paint by the river.

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I sat here for 2 hours and did 3 sketches!

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I attempted the whole scene at first but was quickly overwhelmed by green so I decided to focus in on the rocks in the water. I love to paint rocks. Rocks are like the mason jars of nature, I can’t get enough. I zoomed in on these rocks with my phone. Believe me when I say your eyes can see way more details than your phone’s camera. Plus I love the sense of urgency you get when painting on location!

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I love the way the rocks came out and rocks are something people always mention having a hard time with so I thought we would tackle them today! So bring your rock questions and your watercolors and let’s rock those rocks! Be sure to tune in at 12:30pm ET today (Friday 6/22/18) on YouTube to ask your questions to me and chat live with fellow painters.

Supplies: You can come as you are for this lesson but if you want the exact supplies I used or recommend see below:)

  • Watercolor: I’m using a Portable painter travel palette and Qor Watercolors in colors Quin Magenta, Cobalt Teal, Ultramarine, Diox. Violet, Sap Green, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna *I’m going to use my travel palette so you can see what I use when I am painting outdoors.
  • Brushes: 1″ flat wash, #12 round, this Mimik set as all you need *The round set I have is the Pseudo Sable travel set which is out of stock but this set looks good and is half the price
  • Watercolor Paper: For the painting I did in the field I used my Hahnemuhle sketchbook. It is a wood-based paper. It is pricey in the USA but cheap in Europe Mine is about 8″x11″ but I could not find that size on Amazon, only a smaller one.  I suggest using any decent paper you have, it does not have to be top quality although I’ll be trying a cotton paper for the live show just to see how it compares:)
  • Black waterproof pen: (medium point PITT)
  • White Gel Pen or fine tip acrylic paint pen (optional)

I am so excited to paint rocks with you! I truly think rocks are beautiful and we have such lovely ones here in Maine so I am proud to share a slice of out beautiful state with you:) I hope you enjoy it and it erases and rock anxiety you may have:)

So after spending 2 hours painting by the river it seemed silly to drive home just to drive back so I decided to treat myself to Thai food…

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And I sketched the mason jar lemon water they served as I waited for my meal. It was my first ever cafe sketch LOL! What a lovely way to pass the time when dining alone, it sure beats checking my phone which would make me feel a little guilty that I should be home working and not out having a lovely day but as I mentioned before I was not going to “should” all over myself today:) I strolled around downtown Orono after lunch but since I really didn’t want to shop I went back to the park for one more quick sketch before returning to pick up my daughter.

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My alarm to pick her up went off before I totally completed the sketch but luckily I got all of the details I needed in with black pen. I hope this post inspires you to paint rocks, or mason jars, or treat yourself to Thai food once in a while! Do something nice for yourself today!

Oh! one more thing I wanted to mention there is just about a week left to save 50% on my new Watercolor Flower Workshop so if you are interested you might want to grab it before the price goes up on July 1st. Use coupon code FLOWERPOWER if the discount does not appear automatically.

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Did you catch my 15 Watercolor Hacks (Cheap Supply Tips) Video this week? If not there was a coupon code to save 30% on any other class you have had your eye on. Use coupon code 15HACKS to save 30% on any course in my Teachable school!Classes (1)

I hope to see you at 12:30pm Eastern Time for rocks in watercolor! Til then happy crafting!

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15 Responses

  1. You’re paintings are pretty and serene. How lovely that you spontaneously took that time out of your day for you.

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  2. I’m glad you had such a nice day!
    I sure am looking forward to the Live Show …
    I have a question: how much water did you need to carry for those paintings?

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  3. Lindsay, you do so much and share so much. I am glad you didn’t ‘should’ yourself. Love all the paintings/sketches, and the food looked delicious too. Hope you enjoyed it. Tricia ex Bermuda now in UK!

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  4. Love your paintings and especially your watercolors. What is the zipped case you show? Looks great for keeping your supplies ready to go with you.

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  5. Your rock painting is beautiful. Thanks for sharing what Maine looks like. Your lunch looks so yummy. The rice looks like a teddy bear?!

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  6. Love the paintings! Sounds like a wonderful day. Maine is so beautiful. I wish it was not too hot to spontaneously sit outside and paint in the summer where I live.

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  7. Lindsay, thanks for sharing the beauty of your State and Art. I so look forward to your posts. And, as for whether you should go home or not….NO WAY, you deserve a relaxing day by yourself! You are a “working Mom and very busy”!!!

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  8. Lindsay, I have searched the entire internet and the art suppliers and I cannot find the zippered case shown on your June 22 post. I pack up and go almost every weekend and this looks like a very workable solution to my art supply problem. I use the portable painter palette,a Derwent tin box with arteza watercolor pencils, a visual art journal and a MacGyvered case for my Fabart travel brush set. Does this sound familiar? Girl, you have cost me so much money. Not blaming you, it’s my problem (love all things art). I’m signed up for several of your classes and have done some of the assignments but have had to take a break because of some sad family losses. Hope to get back into the groove soon. I know someone else in the comments section asked about the case. Enjoyed the brush video with you and Jason, and now have three sizes of wedge brushes on their way. Oh well I’m hopeless.
    Thanks, Janine

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  9. I am so happy to find someone else who enjoys all the beauty Maine has to offer, even in things like rocks!! Lol going to start trying my hand at watercolors now!

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