I picked up a new watercolor pad this morning at the shop where I bought archival acid-free tissue paper ( another story).
I haven’t done much with my watercolor pencils all winter, but am now feeling an artistic whimsy coming on. Seems like it’s a summer-kind of thing to do.
Maybe I’ll pack my supplies when I house-sit in San Francisco in a few weeks.
I prefer to focus my creative bursts on photography and/or baking. However, this summer I decided, after reading Diane Salter’s great blog, to give watercolor pencils a try. It has been fun and I have a few pieces that are sort of presentable.
One of my former students was lamenting her lack of creative work in the past few months, so to inspire her, I photographed the pictures you see here, emailed them to her, and said, “I know you can do better.”
Her reply was, “yes, Mrs. Zody, but you’ve done well for someone who doesn’t have any artistic ability.” She remembered the terrible stick figures I would put on the board any time I wanted to demonstrate what I hoped them to do for a project.
I’m hoping she will send some of her work to me soon. I know it will be better. This has been fun, and perhaps next summer I can do some more.
This picture really appeals to me:
It’s from a blog I just discovered, written by the artist, Diane Salter. If you are like me, you will want to see more of her work. She is very generous and tells how she does these pieces, and she has them for sale.
That has inspired me to go out and buy some Faber Castell–Albrecht watercolor pencils and Faber-Castell gellatos. I have very little artistic ability, but this looks like fun to try.