Thursday, January 12, 2012

Following a Vision

Once a week, for ten weeks before Christmas I taught a watercolor class to an exceptional young woman. She had art in high school, but now that she was through college and in a new job, she wanted to learn how to paint with watercolors. During the ten weeks we worked on many techniques that lead up to her picking what she wanted to paint. She chose orchids, stating that she liked my painting of orchids.
E. Miller     Watercolor     SOLD
She obtained a How to book on painting flowers in watercolor. She liked the fuchsia orchids that the artist author had. My student took those orchids and placed them on her paper the way she wanted them to appear, not how the artist placed hers. She then talked me through her vision for the painting. The next four weeks she would ask how would she could achieve her goal and I sat beside her with my paper and reminded her of the strokes we went over, or how wet into wet would work in certain areas, dry brush in others.We discussed design on where the stems should be placed and if leaves were needed. All leading up to her vision coming to life.

I think she achieved her vision and can not wait to see what she will "see" to paint next.



Nancy Van Blaricom said...

You are a good teacher and she is a good student. This turned out beautiful. Congratulations to you both.

Gaylynn said...

Thanks Nancy. Private lessons are a great way to learn your student. I think I enjoyed her as much as I enjoyed teaching her.

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