These watercolors are my attempt at breaking out. I have always been intimidated by watercolor. I had begun teaching an "art" class at the retirement community where I work. My ladies quickly chose the path of the class - they wanted to start with the very basics so we did - starting with cubes, spheres and cones and moving on quickly to basic perspective. We eventually found our own niches and would spend warm evenings outside on the patio at the community sketching or painting whatever struck us individually. One of my infrequent "students" decided to work on some watercolors - and I soon discovered she was very accomplished. She had done a mural at her daughter's home and numerous lighthouse watercolors and I owe my renewed inspiration to her - Thank you Bette!
These paintings are an exercise in "proving to myself" that I could do it. I never really told anyone or showed anyone.
My biggest recent challenge was when my daughter told me she wanted me to design her wedding invitation. She wanted it unique and personal. After a "road trip" with my mom (also one of my largest inspirations....) we landed in western North Carolina and to make a long story short (or maybe not) I decided to do a watercolor of the beach at the Outer Banks (that was where they had chosen to get married). They loved it and the rest is "history" - I created and produced the invitations myself and did a watercolor of the background of the invitation and framed it for them for their new home. Her confidence in my ability to do that was another huge inspiration in my renewing my faith in myself and my artwork!
All of this being said, I love art of any kind, watercolor, pencil, egg tempra, fabric dyeing and any other type of textile arts. New and different are what I prefer. I love nothing more than coming home from work and loosing myself in my art for the evening.
My blog is very new, very elementary and there will be alot of changes in the upcoming days - stay tuned and come back often. I would love your comments and input!