I remember the first time I did a watercolor painting outdoors. I had just learned about plein aire painting through another class at my college and I decided to take an independent watercolor painting class.
|I did 3 Flowers as a study in May 2008. My painting style has grown and changed even over the last 5 years.|
When I took the painting back to my guiding professor, he reprimanded me for not following the rules of which I should have already known. It was clear to me that I had only just been introduced to these concepts and, though I should have known better, none of them had stuck just, yet.
Why did I continue on when my failure was so evident?
I usually take criticism pretty harshly, especially if it's from people I respect. I get demoralized easily. But my determination that I was going to be as good, if not better than the watercolor painters I had seen stuck with me. I wanted a unique expression. No one else I knew at the time was doing it and I wanted show those who hated watercolor painting that it could be done and done well.
You should never give up on a passion to learn. God puts desires and drives in us to accomplish great things. He created us that way for a reason. If your rocks look like candy and your trees are unrecognizable, then its time to go back to the drawing board--literally.
|3 Flowers 2013, click on title for full size.|
When my class begins on March 6, I will be teaching the fundamentals necessary to do a great watercolor painting. If you are in the Columbus area you can sign up for the the class by clicking on this link: Postcard Painting Class.