Since I was about 15, I’ve wanted to learn to paint with watercolors. I just love the way the colors blend in that medium. Over the years, I’ve seen classes offered, but for one reason or another, I was never able to go. Last year I thought I was finally going to get to attend a class and then, wouldn’t you know it, schedules changed and I had to cancel again.
Finally, everything came together and I was able to be part of a free demonstration class by award-winning artist Carole Hillsbery.
I think one of the reasons that I’ve never really tried my hand at watercolor is that I thought I had to know what I was doing and keep everything nice and orderly. Carole’s demo showed me that wasn’t the case. It was amazing to watch her slop water and paint here and there and have recognizable shapes almost magically appear…
Big drip where you didn’t really want it? No problem! Just make it part of the art. I felt like she gave me permission to release my inner kindergarten kid and make a beautiful mess. To find out that I didn’t have to paint a perfect rendition of a tree, but rather just the “idea” of a tree, was so freeing.
I left Carole’s demo so excited to actually put brush to paper and see what I could come up with. I had every intention of signing up for her series of spring classes, but then life took over. So, for now, I’ll see what I can do with what she taught at the demo and put her fall classes on my list of things I really want to do.
I used my birthday money from my parents to buy the paint and brushes Carole recommended and every time I look at them, I smile. Maybe I’ll share my watercolor attempts in future posts….
Looking forward to fulfilling my watercolor dreams,