Saturday, October 24, 2009

A new hobby


I just started a watercolor painting class last Tuesday, and I really think I'm going to love it. In class, we just did some simple washes and shapes, but after I bought all my supplies (which was not cheap), I came home and played for a couple of hours with the new paints. I think I did pretty well for my first try.

I started with the things I could see out my window and then started to improvise (because I didn't want to paint the apartment building across the street). Most of the things I could paint from something I could see turned out pretty good, like the sky and the red and light green tree. The ugly green bush was also from life but I didn't get the colors right. The pond looks fake because I had to make it up. Next time I'll find a picture to use as inspiration.

I think our class is geared toward super-beginners, and I have previous art experience (though not previous watercoloring experience. I think it's going to be a lot of fun.

One thing I have noticed is that I am constantly looking at things in a new way. When I'm driving down the highway, I notice the way the trees look, or pay more attention to the clouds. I forgot how much I loved my art classes, and I'm really glad I decided to take a chance and try something new.

4 comments:

  1. Is that your painting in the picture above? It's really good!

    It's so neat that you are taking the class. It's sometimes intimidating to take a class or try a "new" hobby but it is always so fun and gives you something to look forward to!

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  2. That is awesome! I took a watercolor class this past summer. I loved it and just wished I had more time to dabble. I hope to get to it this winter! You are doing great!

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  3. Thanks, that is my painting -- I scanned it. :) Looking forward to Tuesday's class.

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  4. That sounds like a lot of fun... always great to take up a new/old hobby! Sometimes I forget that being an adult you can just DO stuff... for the sheer fun of it. Does that make sense?

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