So this Heron was stopped and started many times...even after I photographed him I returned to brighten his beady little eye a bit. Oh well, I made it to day #11, over one third of the way to goal. It is very time consuming but extremely educational learning to paint with my non-dominate hand.
I photographed this heron during a camping trip to the Florida Everglades. He was very cooperative and let me take several shots of him in different poses. Those tiny flowing feathers posed a challenge for me as they needed a brush about the size of an eye lash. I also discovered the reason behind my criticism of most watercolor. I love the depth that rich dark colors add to a painting and W/C requires layer upon layer to achieve this. And it must completely dry between layers...so many painters quit before they ever get to that deep tone I find so lovely. I suppose that with a few more days I could have gotten there myself.
I am also learning that to complete 30 paintings in 30 days (with either hand) there can be no hesitation. One cannot waste time looking for the perfect anything...it's burning valuable time to putz around with the brush second guessing yourself. Be bold, be confident, don't over-think it. And while the failures will be evident, so will, we all hope, the progress.