05/13/13

Hooked on watercolor

art show and walnut grove 055Once upon a time, there was a lady with a little free time on her hands. She had a streak of creativity and thought to herself, ….why not paint; you know, be an artist.

Did she  know anything about painting? Did she know the many different techniques of painting? Did she know the numerous supplies needed for painting a little picture of a tulip? Did she know anything about shading or shadows? Did she know you had to draw the picture before painting? Could she even draw?

As you can guess,  the answer to  all the above is a big. fat NO.

Sooo one day while shopping in Hobby Lobby, she saw classes being offered in watercolor painting. Why not jump in. It couldn’t be that hard.

Well. Let’s just say there was a patient instructor. I don’t know if he had ever had a student as green as I was when it came to learning watercolor. Yes, that lady with a little time is me.

After a few weeks, I was hooked on watercolor. It was fun to see how  water and a little paint could turn a blank sheet of watercolor paper into a glorious, colorful piece of art that was worthy of framing and hanging on a wall. (now I cringe  when I look at those early pieces that I thought were masterpieces and HAD to be framed.)

Finding an art instructor closer to home than Hobby Lobby,  I was able to connect with artists in the area that have the same affection for watercolor.  The award winning watercolor artist,  Sandra Roper, has an art studio near me. Her art classes provide  instructions, inspiration and encouragement to the beginner all the way to the most advanced student.  Thank you Sandra.

Sandra Roper

Sandra Roper

Once a year, the students participate in a local artists exhibit.

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It is a chance for  art lovers to meet some of the finest local artists.

Sandra Roper with a few of her students.

Sandra Roper with a few of her students.

 

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and enjoy a little refreshments.

 

 

and look at lots and lots of art. Perhaps you will  purchase an original framed painting at a ridiculously low price. On a smaller scale there are notecards and prints available.

Diane's art

 

 

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Thank you family and friends for cheering me on!

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and making my day!

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“Every artist was first an amateur.”  Ralph Waldo  Emerson