It’s been a while since I posted anything here on WordPress and even longer since I have done any artwork. I was recently asked to give some watercolor tips, which ordinarily would not be a problem for a retired art teacher, but for some reason I felt my technique (in both painting and teaching) had become a bit rusty.
After organizing my goals, I decided the best way to handle my dilemma was to dive in. In the classroom I used to describe watercolor as controlled spontaneity. The controlled part comes from an understanding of watercolor techniques. The spontaneous nature happens (for me) when the outcome celebrates those techniques without becoming overworked. Like anything requiring skills, the results should look easy and should capture an essence.
Anyway, although my first attempts are somewhat labored and overworked, it feels good to do something creative beyond my bird photography. Hopefully things will improve.