I spent some time with my watercolor today. After finishing an abstract piece, I wanted to do something different.

Sometimes, it´s very easy to just keep doing things the way you normally do. And I normally don´t make portraits and things like that in watercolor. Most of my work tend to be either landscapes or abstracts. And I normally do landscapes and plants in oil pastel. Portraits, of both people and animals, are made in charcoal and graphite is used for quick sketches.

So this is basically a try at breaking the habit. I tried to work pretty fast and loosely with this, since I tend to obsess about detail.  This was made without any reference, since it was a fast and spontaneous thing. So there´s about a million anatomical mistakes and other fails in there. But at least it allowed me to see the potential watercolor has for portraits. It´s a nice medium, looks so alive.

This might not be the nicest piece, but I consider it to be an important step down the road.

I actually feel a bit guilty about neglecting my other mediums, but I think there will be more time for them when autumn arrives. And I plan to explore more subjects in all of them. Some of it might turn out well, other things are likely to fail. But I will be sure to learn from all of it.

What´s your favorite medium? And what are your usual subjects?