I spotted this day lily growing in a little garden plot near the carport and grabbed an afternoon free of thunderstorms to make this sketch. A comical, yet enlightening experience.
Without realizing I was complicating things even more, I decided to sketch this day lily with watercolor without penciling it in first. The result was the sketch you see below, and my reaction to it was one of disappointment. Then I remembered my long-time watercolor instructor's words as we began to show our work in class. She would say something like: Tell us what you enjoyed while you were painting and what you like about the result. And if there is something you don't like or would like to do differently next time, you can tell us about that, too.
A wise exercise. When you're feeling frustrated, ask yourself to be specific: What do you like; what do you not like? All of it is valuable information.
To read more about my experience with this sketch visit: Don't Throw out the Kindergarten Efforts.