30 Paintings in 30 Days: Day 14

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Day 14 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days: “God’s Love” watercolor and ink on Canson, 140 lb, 6×6

It was still Valentine’s Day when I started this one. Day 13 focused on my love for my Valentine (i.e. Hubby), but today I focused on the love of God, the originator and source of all love. As far as the technical aspect goes, I practiced further with shading by first applying the dry color on dry paper, then moving it around with the paintbrush and plenty of water.

For the lettering, this time I used a Faber Castell PITT calligraphy pen, and I filled a 3×6 sheet with practice lines and words before writing on the hearts. Before that, I filled another 3×6 sheet with practice using a brush pen. The brush pen didn’t work so well for me because I have a hard time controlling the pressure on the nib. Someday, with more practice, I’ll get it. I am left-handed, and that does seem to be a handicap of sorts when it comes to writing with this type pen. I won’t say it’s impossible, but it feels unnatural, and the angle at which the pen touches the paper seems awkward.

I did better with the calligraphy pen, but I still need more work. The letter did not turn out at all like it looked on the practice sheet. I should have given myself more room to draw the swirls so they didn’t touch the actual letter.

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6×6 card and matching 3×6 bookmark

1 John 4:19  We love Him, because He first loved us.

First Love

I love You, my Lord
For though I am unworthy
Still You loved me first


Copyright © 2018 Angela Umphers Rueger – All Rights Reserved

A Katauta is a 3-lined Japanese love poem with 17-19 syllables.
The syllabic count is generally 5-7-5 or 5-7-7.
It is considered only half a poem, but two Katautas form a Sedoka.

What’s the difference between a Katauta, a Senryu, and a Haiku?
All 3 of these forms have the same syllabic structure; the difference is the theme.

Haiku is about nature.
Senryu is about human nature.
Katauta is about love.

If you are interested in joining the challenge, you can sign up at Leslie Saeta’s 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge and then post and/or view the other entries at the linkup.


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