Painting with determination and confidence is what I saw when I looked around the room at the Hadassah Levonah Chapter workshop presentation I gave for beginners wishing to learn watercolor painting techniques. I was happy to share my artist’s insights with these enthusiastic learners, especially the important composition elements and color techniques to help each one create a unique painting she could take home at the end of the evening. Indeed, there were many who told me prior to the class that they didn’t believe they could actually paint something to take home and display but that changed as their individual styles emerged and most were thrilled with the end product. I still occasionally meet one of the participants who remarks to me she has her painting proudly displayed at home.
I deliberately selected a floral theme, in particular, from flowers growing locally and I gave each participant a reference photo to use. We observed together some artist insights such as focal point, color, values,shapes, groupings and movement in the reference photo and each artist brought together her own choices and style to complete her own painting. It was challenging but achievable and valuable artist insights were learned for those who were inspired to continue the creative path.