We’ve been so busy with projects that I have not made myself sit down, go through pictures, and post to our blog in months. I am going to try to do better, but no promises!
I have always loved watercolor; I love the clean colors and the transparency. I have just completed my third watercolor class! There is so much to learn, so many different techniques and ways to approach painting. My first class was with Erin McIntosh at the Lyndon House Art Center in Athens, GA. Erin was a wonderful teacher for a first-time watercolor student. She demonstrated many techniques and was very encouraging when we made attempts. When I asked about what to do when my attempts don’t seem good enough, she didn’t seem to understand the question. She said that she sometimes has pieces that she doesn’t immediately like, but sometimes goes back to them and finds that she does like them. If she doesn’t, she cuts up the work and uses it in collages! She was the perfect teacher for a beginning student.
My second class was with Thomas Needham at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art in Augusta, GA. (It’s nice living halfway between Athens and Augusta–the best of both worlds!) Thomas’ workshop took place over a weekend. He is a very meticulous and talented artist and a great teacher. He helped us understand how to draw and paint a landscape, demonstrating, then letting us paint our version. I learned so much and had fun on that cold, rainy November weekend.
YouTube has also provided lots of instruction! I have found instructors who demonstrate techniques that I am trying to learn, then I paint along with them, starting and stopping, stopping and starting! I am thankful to each artist brave enough to allow me into their studio through video. It has helped me make progress! I am also taking some online courses that I’ve purchased. I am particularly enjoying Sketchbook Skool! The online community is very supportive and very creative.
I have just finished taking another watercolor class at the Lyndon House Center in Athens. The focus of this class has been still life painting. I have found that I need more time and have often been frustrated by having to hurry. I like painting in layers (washes or glazing), so to do that, I need time. Even though I have been frustrated at times, I have loved meeting the other artists-in-training and seeing their work.
I am trying to become less of a perfectionist and more accepting of my attempts to paint and sketch. Even when I am not in love with what I’ve painted or drawn, I am trying to focus on the one or two things that I like or improvements from earlier attempts. When I do that, I have found that I am less timid about my work. So, I am sharing some of my work here. Hopefully, in the future, you’ll notice improvement!