Painting is a Dance Performed on Paper

rocks-texture-001I’m really looking forward to teaching my workshop at The Dalles Art Center this weekend.  I had such great students last time and I hope I’ll have most of the same group with some new additions this time.  This is a beginning watercolor workshop and I’m hoping to get across to all of my students that it takes a long time to master watercolor but the fun is learning it along the way. When painting in watercolor becomes second nature to you it’s like the best meditation session you could imagine.  Time stops, your brush sings and the paint seems to dance over the paper.  I’m actually in love with it.  When a painting is going just like you want it to it’s totally better than sex.

This week we’re going to be working with texture and value.  I was inspired to share this with my class after taking a ride with Ron and Cody (my husband and my husky) up to Stinson Flats near Glenwood.  There was still snow on the ground and the beauty of the place was almost overwhelming.  We walked along the Klickitat River in the cold clean air and were surprised to see four bald eagles all together sitting on a snag downstream.  What a sight.  Living where we do it’s not uncommon to see eagles but four at a time is amazing.  After watching the eagles be eagles for awhile I walked near the edge of the water and looked at the ground around me.  The textures and values of the Klickitat were there just for me.  Right then I decided what I wanted to share with my students.  I took lots of photos.

I don’t want my students to ever feel impatient.  Patience is one of the hardest things to teach.  Anything that is worthwhile takes a long time to learn.

“Rivers know this:  there is no hurry.  We shall get there someday.”  …from Winnie the Pooh quotes

So let’s all slow down and take in the beauty around us. 

 

 

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