Hello friends and followers! I have some exciting news to share- I have started creating NFTs from my watercolor paintings. So many of you have asked for these and now it's happening! They will be one of a kind tokens, 1 of 1, ERC721. Check it out at opensea.io/collections/rapsart.
Happy Holidays to my friends, customers, and artists everywhere! I wish you all a 'beary' healthy, happy New Year! 2022 has been a positive step towards reconnecting with everyone and being able to unmask in the right situations- a gift in itself. I am still painting and making prints for people, as well as teaching watercolor classes twice a week. I love it all!
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to my friends, customers and artists everywhere. This year has had it's challenges and I think we are all looking forward to 2021 with the hope that Covid and all of it's impact will be alleviated. There is one aspect of 2020 that I hope will remain. People have reconnected with their humanity, their kindness, their generosity, and their creativity. While we were all missing 'normalcy' whatever that is for each person, we were also living in new ways, spending time differently and encouraging each other. Think of all the positive actions people have been doing for themselves, each other and their communities. What a blessing that is, and I pray that we can all carry that forward into our new 'normal'. I wish you all peace and joy in the coming year!
Many of our local artists paint outside onsite or “En Plein Aire”, creating lovely landscape paintings. Typically these are oil and acrylic painters, but there are pastel artists, and a few watercolorists. Having always worked from a photo and taking weeks or even months to complete a painting, to me this seemed like an impossible task. I have tried it with the Granby Artists Association when they have their annual Granby Land Trust Paint Out day. It is a challenge with watercolors. The drying time changes, the colors never seem bright enough, the light changes, the palette dries out, sitting on the ground is awkward and uncomfortable, etc. I said to myself “ This is not for me.” That was several years ago.
I find that if I am going to grow as an artist, I need to continue to step outside of my comfort zone and try new and challenging things. And so I tried plein air painting again, only this time in a workshop with Robert O’Brien.
I was better prepared this time- bringing a chair and an easel, a view finder, smaller paper and larger brushes. Robert’s demo emphasized choosing your topic, composition and color, drawing minimally and working quickly. Learning to ‘see’ is key to creating a painting. Preparing larger puddles of the needed colors also lets you paint without the interruption of having to mix paint. Because everything dries so much faster than in the studio, once you are working on the painting,you have to work more quickly. The goal is to capture the essense of the place and your feelings about it. Let the details go and only "suggest" the less important portions. You might not finish your painting, or you might just be doing sketches to work from later. Taking some photos will also be a helpful reference if you will work on it later in the studio. This time I was better able to enjoy the experience and learned alot about working in a much different manner than I am accustomed to. I will definitely have to try it again on my own. Nothing ventured nothing gained, right?
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