I've been giving (real) watercolors a go here lately. In the past, I've done some digital watercolor illustrations before but never the real deal. If you have never tried using real watercolors to paint before, let me tell you that THEY ARE REALLY FRICKEN HARD (to get the hang of). I think the trick is in the layering. I tend to want to apply too much pigment at once instead of taking the time to layer on the colors to get more dimension. I guess I can't be too surprised by that, though. I'm a graphic designer so normally when I do something, it's just done. Watercolor...not so much.

Below is attempt #1. As you can see, I got a bit impatient here and there but overall, I don't think it's too bad for a first time. I worked from a photo I found on Pinterest. I can't remember where the location was, though, and I didn't pin the picture (doh!). All I know is that it's a place where gorgeous tree covered rocks shoot out of green blue water...and I want to go there.  

This is attempt #3. [#2 was so bad that I couldn't bring myself to show it.] When I was a little girl growing up, I remember being able to hear the trains from my bedroom window. In the summer, I would sleep with my head at the foot of the bed to be closer to the window. That way, I could hear them better. Now, as an adult in a new home, I can still hear the trains from my bedroom window, and I'm so very glad. Recently, I spent a good portion of a rainy day in bed reading and relaxed while listening to the trains. It was such a good feeling. That's when I decided I needed to paint a train! I worked from an image also found on Pinterest. Original found here