I took one, three hour class to see if I would like painting again and to see what Watercolor was all about.  My teacher was terrific and from Russia.  It was during the games in Sochi.

I had signed up on really a whim and on the night I attended, at a local high school adult education course I was not alone.  There were seven of us and one of which was there to learn Acrylics so as she learned so did we.  The class was fun and fast paced as I would soon learn so was the art of Watercolor.

She taught us about resist, loading up your brush with a juicy mix of pigment and how important it was to have lots of fresh, clean water too.

At the end of the class we had new skills.  We had been taught a way with in which to relax and let go. To feel your work as it flowed onto our 140 pound cold pressed paper.  Life was good till I got home then the fun began!

Each day I try to take an hour sometimes more and sit with my brushes, pigments and a huge bucket of water and do some technique.
I have a friend who is amazing with her paints and she gives me tips and links to videos on YOUTUBE to help me learn even more.  So I am learning and watching and trying and will do so probably for as long as there is paper for me to lay a stroke of paint onto. 

I am not proficient of course having just had a three hour lesson but I am having so much fun that I signed up to go to my teachers studio twenty minutes away and see what else I can learn from a pro.  I am having trouble with pine trees as I do not want to paint a real tree but really an obscure, sort of abstract one.  I know it will come in time as I pick up new equipment here and there I am sure good brushes will really make the difference.  My friend usually does her masterpieces on 300 pound cold pressed paper but for now till I learn the steps in getting the image in my head out onto the paper and I am happy I will stick to the cheaper ones.

I can not leave you without sharing one I did now don’t laugh I am new to this usually I just paint the house and barn!

Take a lesson on something new at a local school and just have FUN!!!!  Life is hard enough on most of us.  I am calling doctor today to book my surgery for shoulder to get it done with to hopefully lessen all the pain of the last seven months the heck with the snows that fall and trust me there will be snow here in New England but as I have been watching the birds pair up and chase each other I know I can handle what ever mother nature throws our way.

So here is my first attempt  with cheap paper, cheap store bought watercolors and some salt and rubber cement :)
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I also have visitor’s not like you all do mine usually are very wild,  here are a few lousy shots through the window as light was leaving for the day.  A Mother Deer and her young.  She looks healthy but not pregnant so maybe there will be no fawn prancing in the yard but I must remember this winter was brutal for not only us but them as well.

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Have a great week everyone and stay safe in your travels.

 

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