I have always felt a need to create something with my hands. I tried just about any new or revival fad in the arts that came along. A few are: Paint by number, the old tube paints for painting on dish towels, macrame, needlepoint, quilting, sewing, needlework, wool appliqué,knitting and crochet. Most all were given away as gifts.
I started watercolor painting in 2013, at Active Generations. Barbara Sparks was the teacher. Her relaxed style of teaching and true appreciation for her gift and the love of sharing it with others, was the primary reason I kept coming back. I did learn to love the process of watercoloring as well. I took a break for a couple of years, however, when Barbara sent out an email regarding the organizing of the soon to be Watercolor Society, I wanted to be a part of the new venture.
I am most inspired by the fellow artists I come in contact with through the GPWS meetings, Paint Ins, and workshops. It is infectious being around others that share your same interests.
My most important artist tool would be either my white wax crayon or my bottle of Pebeo drawing gum. They act as a resist on my paper to preserve the white areas. I tend to over paint, and have learned if I take time to preserve all the white areas in my painting before I begin, all the rest tends to work itself out.
There are many things I cannot live without in my studio: the natural lighting the windows bring in, the meditative music I listen to while painting, Two tables, one for sitting and one for standing, a design board filled with paintings I have completed in the past year, and of course, my paints and brushes along with a bowl of chocolates.
I enjoy working most with color. Color sets the “mood” of the painting for me.
A painting usually speaks to me when it’s finished. If I’m not certain, I will leave it for a day or two and come back for a final look.
I cannot pinpoint any certain piece I am most proud of. Most of my art is given away in greeting cards to friends and family. When I visit their homes or office and see that they have framed and displayed one my cards, that makes me smile.
If I have a creative block, I look through photos or books and find something I can duplicate and just start painting. By the time I have finished the painting, I have made it my own. I think that is why I am drawn to painting cards. You can try many small paintings and give them a purpose.
I appreciate all artists work. There is piece of their soul in each painting they produce. They are sharing a personal message with us all.