Finding an outlet to express myself creatively (beyond writing) has been my biggest accomplishment this year. Picking up a camera and a paint brush both happened simultaneously, as our adventures across country begged recording.
to art, via watercolours, has become my passion, although to date, I’ve only had a few lessons, and each attempt reminds me of how much I have yet to learn.
Typical of me, I dive right in without knowledge of the basics – never having taken art beyond elementary school. It occurs to me, each time I approach a painting, that a rudimentary foundation in the craft would help.
Still, I persevere, and I will be starting lessons in the fall.
“You should take some photography lessons, too,” my husband suggests kindly, and perhaps I will, down the road. For now, I am satisfied with the thrill that each image brings when I open it on the computer for review.
This killdeer, guarding the nest, observed me warily, deciding I was not a threat, so I was able to get a good close-up. Killdeer remind me of childhood summers, playing in the fields behind our house, and chasing the birds as they feigned a broken wing to lure us away from the nests.
I used traditional water colours with pencils to complete this piece.
The greatest sense of accomplishment occurred when we had some of my art framed for display in our new home. It is so satisfying to be able to enjoy the fruits of my labour each day.
(Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge is Fruits of Your Labour. V.J.’s weekly challenge is foundation.)