A few months ago I began keeping an (almost) daily journal – in part to help me develop my creative aspirations. (I was influenced by Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way, A Spiritual Path the Higher Creativity – see my Resources page). One of the statements I regularly write in my journal – as an affirmation – is, “I believe if I do the quantity, the quality will come and my personal style will develop.”
By taking a watercolor painting class at White Bear Center for the Arts, I am beginning to see how my style is unique to me. This painting is my version of the original created by our instructor Lisa Fertig, which she demonstrated painting in class a couple of weeks ago. Like the water lily picture I posted a couple of days ago, one element of my version is a very bold use of color. I am still learning how to finesse the color and work with the attributes of watercolor paint!
I am satisfied with the strong sense of color in my paintings, though. When I took a watercolor workshop instructed by Jeanne Carbonetti last May, I was wowed by her use of color. I felt my eyes were open to the possibility that I could move into a more expressionistic style in my own painting. I am learning that I still have a lot more to learn, but I am moving in that direction! See “My Artwork” page on this site for my original paintings.