Painting with watercolor– the destination I didn’t know I was seeking. A happy accident.
I have toyed around most of my life with all forms of crafting, delighting in the creative process and the thrill of seeing elements combine and morph into finished results. But once I turned to painting after being asked to join a friend in taking a watercolor class, the experience of nudging pigments to mix with water onto paper was almost romantic in a sense– and the creative part of my heart was taken.
Although I enjoy painting any kind of subject in watercolor, I find nothing more exciting than calling up the essence of a person in portraiture. Who knew that the application of a slight bit more burnt sienna could add value and depth to the contours of a face or the corner of the mouth and transform the 2D into the someone full of infinite dimensions? This process for me is sacred in so many ways, and why I continue to show up at the easel. And it is my hope that this blessing of discovery for me is also one for whoever comes to see.