Overworking a watercolor is the bane of artists. Sometimes we add our own limitations, such as a 3-color palette, or allowing only 20 minutes to paint a scene. So the other day, I did a small telescopic sketch of the house I always see when I look out my studio window. It's hard to miss, because it's in such disrepair! As always, I am trying to keep my work fresh, and light-infused. So here it is.
At the time, I felt like I got parts of this watercolor "right", but another problem we have as artists, is that upon finishing a watercolor, it's almost as if we are too close to it to be able to properly judge it, and that allowing some time to lapse brings a better perspective. So as I finished this, I immediately turned to another sketchbook, filled with a smooth multi-media paper. I dashed off another quick sketch, and made myself call it "finished" so as not to create mud on this unforgiving paper.