Karen over at BlueSkyDays365 is also on a creative journey with watercolours and prompted this post.
Having decided I’d like to paint I had hoped to join the local English art group, but like most things in life it’s not what you know it’s who you know. Apparently, according to a group member, it was ‘full’ so a ‘closed’ group. I could not even extract the contact details of the teacher to put my name down on a waiting list. Enough said.
So, you can imagine my absolute delight when many months later a friend of a friend told me an art teacher in the next village had a vacancy and she had put my name forward. I started last October and have not looked back since.
Although the class is mainly conducted in German with a little English thrown in, I love it. The women are really friendly and I immediately bonded with the group and teacher.
My first exercise was to draw flowers. Real flowers. The moment the teacher looked at me and said we draw flowers from ‘real life’ as they have ‘soul’, I knew I’d found the right teacher for me and some things are just meant to be!
My first lesson
A Osteospermum daisy picked fresh the garden the lesson began. How well could I draw before I started to paint.
After several weeks and many attempts, I managed to achieve this. Unfortunately, the other drawing I produced is still up on the wall in the studio so these two examples will need to suffice.
My next challenge
Live daisies with soul.
This was tough!
I decided to go abstract. Choose my own colours and go with my own composition.
I painted a rough outline of the pot and flowers, then using watercolours I painted the daisies and started to create the background. It is amazing how much can be achieved using paint, adding more water to the paint once on the page, then dabbing with a rag or tissue to create texture and depth.
After a month’s break, I am back at the class, have started a new project and am already planning my next.