So, if you've never been on my art site, you don't know that I also paint watercolors!
After my 20-year break from painting, I had time to experiment every three weeks in which I was waiting for the next draft of my research dissertation to be edited by my committee. They must have bought up a whole year's inventory of red ink pens!
I knew NOTHING about the medium of watercolor.
Coming from Europe in the eighties, I actually had never seen anyone do a watercolor, and I didn't know anything about workshops or art associations here, so I started buying books and taught myself. I could have saved myself a bundle of agony as well as $$, if I had had a teacher.
Yet, on the other hand, I wouldn't have had the wealth of the teaching of different watercolor artists, several having published in the major art magazines. I discovered that where we went for our yearly vacations, they gave free art lessons, every day for four hours. That was music to the ears of a poor grad. student.
At 10 am we would go as a group of vacationers (all beginners and kids) to the plein air location, and paint the landscape we saw, with intermittent teachings of the artist.
Then in the afternoon around 1:30 I would pack up my stuff and join the family for the rest of the day. I did this for several years and then went on my own excursions.
It is very safe in the park and people are helpful. Cannot remember how many of my lunches got broken into by curious squirrels! They smell the food, even when I'm painting with oil paint!
This is artist Rip van Winkel teaching on the importance of putting dark and light values next to each other.
It is wisdom not to pooh pooh teachers. Your art will develop much faster when you are taught the basics. It goes without saying that a wise teacher lets you develop your own style and your own niche instead of encouraging you to copy his or her art.
9 x 12 , Watercolor, St.Germain
This is a scene of a little stream in the valley. Sorry, the water on the painting is actually white, with little blue strokes to indicate the flow, but it did not show up, when I modified the pic in Photoshop, if I wanted to display the accurate shade of the trees and the background.
Usually my watercolors are much lighter and more transparent, but this one shows a golden cast.
I am very pleased it did this time!