Process over product. When I taught young children, our goal was process over product. I remember the children who cautiously approached the art area, the children who didn’t want to get messy, and the children who immersed themselves into the paint and wore some of it home. Your conditions remind me of the process children go through in their developmental stages. Thank you Angela for bringing this to light.
When I fell in love with watercolor, it was for life. I couldn’t help it! It was so beautiful, and for a long time, it seemed to like me too. I loved the joy of seeing the color flow in the first wet-in-wet l
I don’t think I know a single artist who doesn’t occasionally doubt themselves or feel as though they don’t belong with the ‘real’ artists. Thank you for your fabulous advice, Angela. It’s good to know I’m not alone!
When I took my first painting lesson in 1995, YouTube didn’t exist. If I wanted to learn watercolor, I needed to either learn by myself, find a book on painting at the library, or take a local workshop as soon as
I can’t remember the exact quote, but Ray Bradbury said something to the effect that you need to learn as much as you can about writing. Then when you write, sit back and let the muse use what you’ve learned without interfering. I always thought that applied to painting as well. I try to be serious about every aspect of painting, except when I’m actually painting. Then I play. Thank you for all the excellent advice, Angela! You are always an inspiration.
As always I love the way you inspire people to make art. I began with a local teacher to learn watercolour techniques but I got stuck in all details after 3 years. I had never had drawing lessons and got frustrated how that limited me. I was ready to give up. Watching youtube I saw a new watercolour world and found the loose style I was searching for. Many artists inspired me and I learned to love painting watercolour again, playful and with freedom. Thank you all. 🌻
As always, so grateful for you! I’m relatively new to the Heartled and Doodlewash communities but all the effort to encourage us, your own personal art journeys, and the joy you and Charlie invest in us, MATTER! My life is richer because Im an artist, I make art and that has changed my life.
What are your plans for the World Watercolor Month prompt list? Are you participating in the challenge to paint every day? It was a privilege for me to be asked to create the prompts for this month, but it was
I love World Watercolor Month! Thanks Charlie and Doodlewash community and special thanks to Angela! As a part of your Heart-led Watercolor Community, I’m privileged to watch watercolor come to life as you’ve challenged us to see with fresh eyes and new interpretations. This prompt list is awesome this year. We’re already buzzing at my house!🎨🖌
I used to flee my paintings like I was running from a fire. Actually, I used to paint like I was fighting a fire; frantic, poking my brush at each potential mistake, scrubbing anxiously to blot out a too-bold
Thank you Angela! I would never have done a second painting of a subject until I took your courses and learned just how much it can teach me. It gives me permission to be bolder, take more risks, and practice more what-ifs. So interesting to see the differences in your do-overs!
What do you think of when you imagine abundance? If you’re anything like me, the first image is food-related. I start with “abundance” which leads to “plenty,” which leads to “horn of plenty” or “cornucopia”
Some of my most spontaneous adventures have started with a mistake. A wrong turn, a forgotten step, knocking on the wrong door. A taxi driver, unloading my wet palette and smearing beautiful paint all over the bag
Hmmmm Angela! I haven’t quite decided what mistake to start in on today, but I feel encouraged to get started!😁😄😆 Thank you as always for blessing us with teaching graciousness for ourselves in the process!
Painting storage is an issue for me. In twenty-five years I’ve painted hundreds of paintings, and while I’ve sold some, and given others, there are many that weren’t really good enough to show, but not bad enoug
I enjoyed the video very much. But instead of feeling encouraged, I feel daunted. The chasm between your free style and where I am today as a painter feels enormous. But I have one thing in common with you. I am stubborn and unwilling to give up.
I start every painting session with one goal; to play. I have the skills to create a competent painting, but I know that unless I welcome play and experimentation into my painting practice, my paintings will be
Far to often we mess up because we judge ourselves by others’ rules. I paint with watercolor and acrylic. The best, my best work happens when I just play. Watching children create is a lesson for us all. They just pick up the brush and paint. I always am amazed and ask them how and why they did what they did. The always say,” I don’t don’t I just painted. There’s so much power in that. One artist might say these are the five msitakes that you make. I say there are tips to help us but we should always question and explore.
Jennifer, I love the vibrant color in your work – you are right, those amazing powerful paintings are sometimes bracketed by muddy accidents, but that’s what makes them so valuable! So proud to see one of my Mastery alumni here on this page!!
There is a natural beauty about watercolor that thrills me every time I use it. No other medium has such a freshness and immediacy to it. “Watercolor is honest,” one of my students said, and she was more right tha
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