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.


  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!

  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!

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

  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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