Today’s the last watercolor lotus flower study for the 30 in 30 painting challenge. Like many others, I've tried to do the 30 in 30 challenge for years, but I never completed more than a handful of paintings. In the past, I was happy about completing the paintings that I did, but I knew I could do more.
I did some soul searching about who I was as a person and a painter while tending to my Dad in hospice during his final time here on the earth. Painting nature in watercolor has always been a meditative, spiritual, contemplative activity that I find restorative. I have been painting and sketching nature (and occasionally Dad) and writing down the nuggets of wisdom and life lessons that he shared as I walked this journey with my father, but I have rarely shared it with others.
For the 30 in 30, I continued this practice and painted thirty 5"x7" lotus flower studies in watercolor. I used some of the hundreds of photos that I took of the Manchurian Lotus flowers that are over 1,000 years old in Washington, DC. The 30 in 30 challenge was the perfect way to kick start my blog where I share my flower paintings, my struggles, rejections, and successes, and some of what I've learned. Connecting the 30 in 30 paintings with my daily life, something I care deeply about that others can relate to (as most of us have lost something or someone precious to us,) and being willing to not be perfect has made the difference in going from painting a handful of paintings and posting 1 or 2 to painting and posting daily for 30 days in a row.
What’s next? Now that it’s getting warmer out, I will continue the habit of daily painting. Instead of photos, I will be painting from life as I go about my work of being a naturalist. I will continue to post so you can come along.