When in doubt draw what inspires you, what you have a passion for, what you love! If that is chickens, tea cups, hearts, faces, or critters then so be it! I find that we often fight our natural urges to be creative for fear that it isn't current or hip or "artistic" enough. When you are true to what you are passionate about it shows.
For me more often then not that is horses. They have been a constant part of life and being since I was 7yrs old and still are to this day. I can't imagine my life without them. For a long time I fought this constant attraction to put them in my artwork for fear that it wouldn't bode well with others. I finally came to accept that hey, this is who I am! I love horses, chickens, goats, owls, ravens, hawks and pretty much any furry or feathered critter. LET FREEDOM RING!
So today be free to draw or paint or collage the things that you dearly love!
All paintings go through the awkward teenager phase. I don't care how trained, accomplished, or fabulous you are; there is is always a point in the evolution of a piece where it looks awkward. You will want to toss it and start a new all the while doubting your abilities to even put brush to paint. Thoughts that may arise - I don't know who I am kidding, I'm not an artist ... I really am wasting my time ... who do I think I am ... really? seriously? to mention just a few. But hold tight! This is normal and even necessary! Stick with it! It is the process of the painting. So I am showing you the evolution of my work to see that I really do practice what I preach.
I find it helpful to work on two paintings at once so when you are totally frustrated with one you can set it down and grab the other. It is amazing with some time away how the spirit is refreshed!
I often work on quick studies in my journal in preparation for the finished pieces - often just working on line and color as above ......
Here is the progression of my watercolor painting of a horse so far. I often start something and leave it for months and just stare at it before I actually start work on it again. So after doing some quick studies last night I woke up to feeling it was time to begin on this guy. Stay tuned ....
One of my favorite things to do is sit down with a book to work in my watercolor journal. I find it so inspiring to copy from a watercolor artist that I admire. It gives me a chance to hone my skills without having to think too much. There is a reason why art students of old were made to copy master works!