Yesterday was my watercolor class. I'm in the class given at the adult ed. of Yucaipa.
It is a good bargain compared to other classes.
So on Monday the subject was TREES. The teacher had a table full of photographs. She had taken them in our local mountains. The area is called Forest Falls. My parents lived there for many years and I have very fond memories of holidays and summers spent up there.
Most of the "old", aka retired people get there so early so they had already picked their photo. I was looking at what was left on the table and I thought, WOW they missed a very good one. You see the new painters were picking photos with big trees dominating the photo. Not me. I was mostly looking for a photo that had lights and darks and lots of shadows. I spotted the one. It was a gem. How could the others pass it up. I felt very lucky.
My photo had mostly trunks, dirt and rocks. But wow, look at the long shadows!
Here is my painting after 2 hours.
The teacher told everyone to first sketch in their sketchbook. Not to start on the watercolor paper. Opps, I had already sketched out a lot of my painting. hehehehe
She yapped for a while and then she was doing some bookkeeping for the class. Then she walked around the room. Well when she got to me I had already begun painting. She said, "OH, your painting", I just grinned and said that I jumped in. She liked what she saw so she left me alone.
I don't like to put too many pencil lines on my watercolor paper. I just put enough as a guide so I know where the main things go. I look at the photo constantly which I noticed that most of the students had put down the photo and were just painting their pencil sketch.
I'm stuck in my old ways of painting I guess. I told the teacher, "I may get one good painting out of 5 paintings. I don't hold the painting so precious that I don't take a risk."
And she said, "Oh I always take risks."
And I thought.....were we talking about you? Why didn't she converse with me on this idea? Because I would have said that; yeah the nice paper I use is expensive but so is a lunch out, but I get so much more pleasure from the time spent painting. So why be so careful with the paper and paint for fear of messing up or making a mistake? Go ahead and experiment, you could discover something with the paint that you didn't know before.
I think it would have been helpful to the new students for her to just say to them; don't treat your paintings as precious or a valuable work of art. Just jump in and try different things. Oh well, instead I learned more about how she likes to paint. :-)
On the knitting side I am done with one sock. It is a Anne Hanson pattern called Longjohn Socks I love it. It is so squishy and easy to memorize the pattern.
Here is my sock when I was knitting on the foot.
I've already begun sock #2. The yarn I have been saving for a long time and this is a good pattern for it. The yarn is Madeline Tosh Sock in the color Robin's Nest.
I love how the pooling went into a spiral.
Happy Painting and Knitting