W is for Watercolour

Not as easy as it looks. As an intermittent artist, progress is slow. Not surprisingly, having a full time life which keeps getting things added to do, means it is not really possible to focus on any one thing. But that is nowhere near my biggest failure….


This partially stems from having a bit of a butterfly mentality, a constant sense of wonderment, and a nagging feeling that most of my file is behind me.

Despite this sense of not having enough time, I still manage to waste some. The phrase effective time management is overused and under done. It’s all about practice.


I tend towards smaller watercolours, time and resources better served that way. The end product is hampered by a lack of talent, and a lack of understanding of how watercolour really works. Book learning is fine up to a point, YouTube has a lot of free tutorial demonstrations, but one day I will have to invest in some human tuition. Or Not.


Some sources claim, or have made up a cool yet scary sounding number, that just ten thousand hours of practise separates the novice from the expert.

So I checked the average life expectancy for a male my age, and adjusted for a few lifestyle and employment factors. I then checked again, as the first time round suggested I died a couple of years ago. Following the maxim of, third time’s a charm, didn’t make it much better. The only sensible option was to declare that set of calculations a complete load of bollocks, and ignore it.


I am simply accountable to me, but would like to get better at this painting lark. Ten thousand hours better? No. Just better, possibly. Am I going to judge myself against anyone else?

Why would I?

Till next time folks…..


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