Just completed a wonderful watercolor 6 wk/ 6 session course at a local junior college.  Helpful tips and techniques were explained.  Taking a class like this helps all aspiring artist to cross-pollenate with other artists as well as receive instruction from the teacher.  For those of us who love art, and love to paint, (but seldem take the time for it) it becomes a nice self-imposed requirement to get us to get out of our busy, day-to-day routine and do what we'd love to be doing more often...paint!

I knew I needed to do this, plus I knew watercolor can be much more challenging and unforgiving than acrylics. So, for about 100 bucks, I was ready to go.  I would encourage you to do the same.  Take the time, make a modest investment in yourself, and just do it.  But, be sure it's something artistically that will raise the bar for you, push you a little, and offer you a challenge.  Yes, most of us are sensitive about OUR art, what it means to us, and everyone else's opinion about it.  That being said, plan on taking photos of your work in stages.  That will remind you of the true progress you made throughout the piece.  Plus, it will help you see what you want to keep or use on another project, or, note what really didn't work.  I took some photos during this class, but I wish I had taken my own advice.  I waited until each piece was completed.  Next time it's a must.  Here a a few shots of the class work.  Let's all take on the next challenge.  All the best to you...Tony

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Can't agree with you more :) Such classes as you said do bring about different yet like-minded individuals together. Plus, you always learn something new each time. Whether it being a new skill, technique or experience.
Sometimes, they are imperative to move away from the comfort zone, dedicate some time to art, and just immerse oneself into a fantastical world.

Too bad about not managing to take photos of the work in progress (we do learn from out own little mistakes).
Awesome Watercolour scenes by the way. A big well done :D

Good job and good advice.

Thank you for your comments Karen.  You must enjoy watercolor.  Is it your fav. medium or another?  Also, what subject matter do you love the most?

Karen D Wheat said:

I've been taking watercolor classes every Tuesday night for the last two years. This has helped me grow as an artist and I feel a lot more confident about my work.
You're right about the investment we make in ourselves, it's certainly worth it!



Anton Abela said:

Can't agree with you more :) Such classes as you said do bring about different yet like-minded individuals together. Plus, you always learn something new each time. Whether it being a new skill, technique or experience.
Sometimes, they are imperative to move away from the comfort zone, dedicate some time to art, and just immerse oneself into a fantastical world.

Too bad about not managing to take photos of the work in progress (we do learn from out own little mistakes).
Awesome Watercolour scenes by the way. A big well done :D

Thank you Anton - Looks like we share the same first name and artistic point of view.  Thank you for your comments and kind words!

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