No, not my he - I already have one of those...but, my he-ART...my ART!
I have always been one who loves to figure out how to do things, create, be creative, make. I have designed and knit my own sweaters, socks, scarves, designed movable teddy bears, cow and horse dolls, clothes. I have always been dabbling in some sort of art or craft and even though I have tried watercolor painting in the past, (i have taken two separate one-day classes 5 plus years ago) I never really thought of myself as an artist. I never thought of my self as being "good enough" to paint let alone watercolor paint. I never even thought of myself as being good enough to put paint down on paper... creative...yes. A watercolor painter...No! I LOVE IT!!! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE WATERCOLOR PAINTING.
Oh, it is not for the faint at heart and I am learning every step of the way. Each time I put paint down on paper, I am learning something new. I love the whole learning process and I love that I can take it with me...any where and it doesn't weigh as much as my camera gear. Yes, there is a place and a time for the big bag of gear, but all I need is my palette of paint, paint brushes (2 or three) and watercolor paper...oh, and water.
So, as my journey is in its infancy, I am still learning and trying and experimenting and loving every minute of it, even through the frustrations and failures - there have been a few of those.
Here are a few of my very first watercolor paint to paper happenings...
I painted the Tea Cup Nov. 17, 2018 while hanging out with artist friends at an open studio that I was participating in. Then over the next few months, it was a slow, slow process. From the first watercolor on paper in November to the autumn leaves the middle of January, 2019 I painted 7 little pages with a few tester sheets here and there. Seven...that's it. I found it ridiculously scary putting paint to paper!
In February of this year I found Alcohol Ink. Now if that is not forgiving and has a mind of its own, I don't know what does. Wow! That was the turning point for me. I can't explain why, but that fear of putting paint to paper just kind of went away. I don't even mean little 4x6 or 5x8 paper, I mean 1/4 and 1/2 sheets of watercolor paper.(a full sheet is 22x30)...
I knew I needed more...more practice, more information, more practice.
I was talking with my friend Laura, who is an incredible artist herself http://lauramchugh.com/ and she told me about a Jump Start with Jenny on You tube. Game changer!!!! For me anyway. She goes through a 30 day jumpstart, starting out with some real basics in watercolor painting. I so needed those basics! I am now on day 26 and the difference from starting to now is huge. This is where I started and where I am at now...
This has opened my eyes to the beautiful medium of watercolor painting.
My journey has just begun and I really can't wait to see where this takes me. This makes my heART so happy and calm. Stay tuned for more fun and adventures in water color painting.