Take a look at our best side: the artistic side
Doing some paintings or artistic projects doesn’t take much: 2 hours a week and a small investment in art materials. This small investment is never wasted, and it gives back lots of pleasure. Some people start to realize they have this other artistic side which they never knew about before. Discoveries, amazing ideas and new skills are the added bonuses. It’s also the wonderful atmosphere in the classroom which really helps make this all happen.
Some tips for those who are starting out on their own:
The worst habit is to simply brush around like painting a wall. Application of paint moving it back and force works neither with watercolor, nor acrylic.
Put the color you want where you want it and leave it alone. Brushing the paint around mixes it up with paint on other wet spots and the result is evenly muddy color all over the paper or canvas. There are no more darks or lights, and the drawing or outline gets lost.
Stop painting when you want to say: I don’t know what I’m doing! Step back, have a look at what you have done so far and make a decision where you would like to go from there.
Do not try to create the final details with the first brushstrokes. Imagine the scene or object you are working on as something consisting of multiple layers. Cover one layer at a time moving from back to front.
When starting to work on a new painting, drawing or sketch, relax, empty and clean up your mind and allow the work happen instead of pushing and tightening up yourself. It is your artwork and you are the only one who decides where and how it will be developed. The last thing one needs is to be worried about possible mistakes. If mistake happens, correct it which is almost always possible. If it cannot be corrected, start a new image, sketch or drawing. It’s not a big deal, and it allows to treat any artwork with freedom.
I accidentally deleted some images of teens watercolor class paintings because we already moved to the blue house painting, but I still have some of late fall scenery views.
Flowing water and autumnal trees
The adult watercolor group is busy with apples and leaves. We are learning how to allow paint and water do half of the job.
Apples are great for practicing watercolor washes, so are leaves.
Some of Thursday class were still working on hibiscus blooms.
We are moving to winter scenery next week.
The first part of painting looks good
The most stable group is the Wednesday group at the moment. They don’t look for excuses, but get the job done. This is still just the first part of painting, but it looks amazing already. We were practicing coniferous trees. It is easy, it is fun, and everybody gets great results following some simple steps. I can bet these are going to be extremely nice paintings, worth giving somebody as a gift.
I hope some more people join us for the last classes of this year as we do poinsettia and winter scenes.