Cloud cover was very evident today as were the
white flakes that drifted relentlessly down from those very clouds. For certain not my favourite kind of September day. I like blue skies and big fluffy clouds, of which I had totally forgotten the name of until last Tuesday.
I didn’t actually expect a science lesson at art class last week but that’s what we started with. Turns out you need to know what clouds look like in order to paint them realistically. Now I love clouds but I had never given much thought to the formations. I take a lot of cloud photos as I love the colours and textures of them.
Cloud types rolled into techniques to create said clouds. I am quite certain that the beginner clouds and land are quite evident in the photo below. It seems that experience counts.
So with that in mind I was happy that my girl’s weekend was to include some watercolour time. One friend dabbles in it (quite well I might add) and another of them wants to take a class so it seemed like a fitting opportunity. Not all 7 participants were equally thrilled but all did a good old college try. Our first example shows the wide variety one gets from the same example.
With paints mixed and some inspiration photos that my friend had brought some of us kept going.
And, like the Energizer Bunny, we kept going. It was quite liberating and just plain fun.
For the first time I touched the paints without the instructor’s example and her watchful eye. I tried to remember techniques, tips and also to have some fun, which it certainly was.
It’s quite interesting though how self critical people are. I’ve noted that in class and here amongst friends. It’s like we should be born doing it perfectly (and of course IT refers to anything at all) which isn’t realistic. It’s important to remember we all have to start somewhere and work our way to the result we’d like to see. In the case of painting I would add that I think it helps to a)laugh and b)look at it from a distance.