In October I did a live painting at my art group, Visual Sanctuary: Alex Ferree On Expressive Watercolors.
One of the best things about watercolor painting live is the freshness of the activity.
You get cheerleaders as you paint.
The keys to enjoying yourself and entertaining others while you do your live watercolor painting is as follows:
- Pick a graphically simple subject where you can really just focus on one area.
- Pick a subject you know you can paint.
- Take along photo reference.
- If you can find a way to create a visual hook that draws attention to your work find it. (Bob Ross used fantastical stories to draw the viewer in as he would mysteriously make trees and mountains appear)
- Have your underdrawing already complete and/or ready to trace onto your paper.
- Use a limited palette. Trying to paint with complex colors takes more time and it takes away from the performance aspect of your painting.
- Be available for comments and questions while you paint. If you are doing it live others will want to participate.
- Know roughly how much time it will take ahead of time.
- Do a practice painting of the subject before you do your live one, if at all possible.
It is work to do a painting in front of an audience. Use your time with them to show you care.
The fun part comes when people see the result.