In clockwise order:
1. Artist: Christine Reichow
"Hibiscus in Red"
2. Artist: Julia Swartz
3. Artist: Derek McCrea
4. Artist: Christie Ussher
Look at each of the paintings' backgrounds. All four artists have varied the light, intensity of color, pressure of brushstroke. They all added depth and interest to their piece by giving concentration not just to the subject that they painted but also how they framed that subject. They also varied the space around the subject.
Onto my Tuesday lesson. What a great lesson it was, too. Shirley said something that I'm going to remember as solidly as I do her "Paint, Just Paint" from our first lesson. I had said that I was considering tackling quite a complicated and large piece as my next painting. I showed her the photograph and the concept behind what I wanted to do. I explained how I wanted to do this and move that; I would add this, change that color and eliminate those. I had reasons for all my choices and I guess I became quite enthusiastic about this next painting as I talked about it. I then asked her if she thought I was taking on too much for only my second full watercolor. She said,
"Many teachers say You shouldn't run before you can walk, I think that's just stupid."She pointed out the passion she saw in me for this next project and said that's what I needed to be a successful painter. To me, what she said harkens back to that old adage, "Don't hide your light under a bushel." In this case she's also saying don't let anyone else influence you in that direction either.
I am assuming that some of you are wondering what my next painting will be. But I'm not telling. Hehehe. It'll be a surprise. Maybe a Valentine's surprise. I'll try to get it done by then. Okie Dokie, Pokie... I'm done for now except to say this:
I have a new friend.
Her name is Shirley.
And I Luuurrrve her for so many reasons.
She was my little gift from God... thank you God. :o)
We'll talk later, K? I'll be kicking around here somewhere.
Say hi if you want to, I'd love that.
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