Friday, November 19, 2010

Watercolor Workshop

It's always fun to learn something new, right? Well, it can also be challenging and frustrating! I spent the past three days in a watercolor workshop at Deep Creek Lake, Maryland, and there were moments when I was ready to pack up my stuff and head out the door. I had to step outside my comfort zone and draw on resources that I didn't think I had - to paint without photos or sketches as a guide, to be bolder with paint, and to experiment without a preconceived idea of what the end result would be. For someone like me who likes to be in control, these were scary ideas!

"Appalachian Landscape"   8 1/2" x 11"
The instructor, Robert Yonke, was remarkably patient with all of us. Endlessly enthusiastic and encouraging, he kept me going, even when I was a little puzzled at times as to how to proceed with a painting. I've admired his work for years - take a look at his website and you'll see why. His colors are luscious, and I like his use of selective detail.

So, I persevered and actually did end up with some paintings that I like. I think I'll be able to incorporate a lot of what I learned into my work. And it was probably good for me to be reminded that things don't always come easily when you're learning something new - I'll try to keep that in mind the next time I'm teaching free motion quilting to someone who's never tried it before.

"Idle Hours"  10" x 12"
Watch for more new paintings in coming days ...

(All of these paintings will be offered for sale soon at Artisans, Waynesburg, PA. If you would like to purchase an original painting or a print, just drop me an email.)

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