Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Watercolor-Learning How To Paint

This last summer has been summer camp for me.  I took a few art classes here and there.  I was really trying to decide if it was time to get rid of some of my supplies that I have collected over the years.  I’m still not sure with some of it, but I did re-discover my love for watercolors.
I have a few random instructional videos and books that I have picked up over the years and put away due to my frustration with the whole process.
During a YouTube search for a better understanding of color theory I came across a video that was an aha moment for me.  More information and clarity in a few minutes than I have had in a lifetime.  I subscribed and soon figured out that there was a website attached that I visited. 
I was floored.  There were several free videos to try out.  Not 10 minute previews, but 2 hours of instruction.  I watched the first free one on how to paint Cosmo flowers.  I was hooked and really felt like I could give it a go and I did.  For the first time in my life I didn’t feel like a failure with painting.
There is nothing off putting about the site.  The people there are warm and friendly-to the point of I actually felt comfortable enough to post a picture of my painting and get feedback.
It’s the nicest feeling in the world to be able to participate in an activity that I have always wanted to be a part of.  It certainly has taken my attention away from other things, but it has added more to my life that I can describe.
I have had 10 lessons to date.  Above is my progression through the classes.  The last two are my own.  I never would have attempted them before-never had a clue.  I am really happy and eager to continue my lessons.