In the October issue of Watercolor Magic, we kicked off our new Creativity Workshop column with a lesson from Nita Leland on bringing imagination and invention into the painting process. Leland challenged readers to release their creative spirits with this Creativity Workshop Activity:
“Select a realistic subject from a photo or from life. Decide what you want to say and how you’re going to say it. Draw it, plan the composition, select dominant design elements, and work out the color scheme. Then put away your source materials, sketches and plans. Everything. Out of sight. Do the artwork from memory. Your memory and imagination will tell you what to do as you work. The reference material only gets in the way during the painting process. Have fun!”
See a selection of reader responses to Leland’s challenge below:
Parody of Parrots by Kay Smith of Big Spring, TX
Iris and Poppies by Carol Taylor of Tucson, AZ“It was with great surprise that I saw your exercise and the painting Respect for Blue by Shirley Eley Nacktrieb in your magazine. You see, I was bored and thinking of what to paint next. I was leafing through Nita Leland’s book and I landed upon the page with this watercolor and like the colors. I used this painting to inspire my own painting.
Water’s Edge, Misty Pines by James Monte of Fairpoint, NY
Pond Saver by Eugenia Algaze Garcia of Houston, TX
To see more Creativity Workshop Activities and galleries of reader responses, click here.