I found out yesterday that Come Test The Waters, the absolute beginner watercolor class, I’m teaching on Jan. 7 through www.artistleague.org, Artists League of the Sandhills in Aberdeen, NC is full. Ten people are trusting me, or at least trying me out 😉 to help guide them into the wonderful world of watercolor. Not something I take lightly.
In early November I set out 24 potted pansies in hopes of garnering a few models for the class. This afternoon I deadheaded spent blooms to encourage an abundance of fresh ones.
Symbolic, especially during Advent when I review the past year’s activities and consider the next. Eliminating some, readjusting others in order to make room for the new I hope will come, like the bouquet of just-picked pansies for my students on Jan. 7.
I brought in a few blooms not damaged by the recent freezing temperatures and practiced what I want to share with the class. Painting a simple subject from life in a loose style using both wet-on-dry and wet-on-wet techniques is the plan to help get my students off too a fresh start.
And the fresh start for me was the sweet serenity of a quiet afternoon painting pansies on December 22 instead of wildly rushing about searching for last-minute, holiday whatevers.
A life lived in chaos
is an impossibility for the artist.