Today's watercolor painting study is a lotus flower that builds on what I learned so far. I combined the rounded and spiky tips from both Lotus Study #11 and #12 and used Lotus Study #7 for the composition. I still had a bit of the opaque watercolor paint on my palette that I used for the last two paintings, so you see a bit in the red color.
I've been a big fan of Carol Marine and immediately brought her Daily Painting: Paint Small and Often book when it first came out. I tried off and on to do this but stopped myself for reasons I talked about in the post for Lotus Study #11. Imposing some constraints, setting aside time in my week to do it, and painting something I'm passionate about has made the difference.
Painting in a series is something that I am finding to be freer and more joyful than I expected. I am painting quicker, more spontaneously, and am more open to taking risks. I can get more paintings done in my studio time. Using one study as the basis for another study allows me to work things out on a smaller scale before committing to a large-scale painting.