Transparent Watercolor on Yupo paper 13 x 18 cm
It's not as though I haven't been painting. It is just that everything has been ending up in the trash. I have become increasingly frustrated with my lack of understanding of the characteristics of watercolor and seem to be incapable of discerning values. Over the last 2 weeks I have reread all my watercolor books, color theory and drawing books. I made color charts, value scales and tested all my watercolors for transparency and staining characteristics. I took on as a student a very nice person who wants to learn watercolor.
(Teaching is the best teacher?)
I signed up for 2 watercolor workshops in the U.S. and made plane reservations. (Any one else going to the Charles Reid workshop in South Carolina or the Pat Weaver in Oklahoma?)
Today I really wanted to paint something besides little pie-shaped swatches of watercolor, so I pulled out the Yupo again :-) and did this quick painting (?) of the same girl I did a drawing of a few weeks ago. Yupo is so fun. And, magically, in the mail, I received a wonderful package from a wonderful artist full of info about how to use Yupo!
Thank you Hillary!!
I know what I will be doing tonight!
Also, something else I have been preoccupied with... my baby daughter began her mandatory service as a soldier in the IDF a little over a week ago.
This is an extraordinary challenge for her,beyond the usual reasons, as she only began learning Hebrew about 5 years ago. But, she has gone in with a good attitude and is really moved by feeling a part of something larger than herself.