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.
"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07