To see far is one thing: going there is another.
The first day of my Plein Air Watercolor Workshop is in the books, and I feel that I have crossed over into a new frontier. All my students thrived today in our introductory session, and frankly, I am not used to that. I am sitting in a daze on the back terrace of the beautiful Anderson Suites in Eureka Springs, staring across the gorge through a downpour that is cooling the trees before me, enjoying my coffee, and recalling every rich experience I knew today as I watched a very eager group of participants engage in plein air watercolor exploration. The questions were genuine, the enthusiasm was contagious, and every participant seemed to finish better than she began this morning.
Below is the terrain we witnessed as we looked out the open front door and through the large studio windows of our school. After I completed a short demonstration of watercolor techniques and tricks, the participants began to compose their initial watercolor sketches of the natural outdoors.
The eager painters went after their compositions in a hurry, and the six-hour session flew by.
None of the above sketches were completed before I photographed them. Tomorrow I’ll update them, and show the new work as well. We spent the entire day today at the Scool of the Arts studio. Tomorrow we will gather in historic Eureka Springs and paint the exotic subjects found on site.
Brancusi nailed is when he wrote: “To see far is one thing: going there is another.” I feel that the new acquaintances I made today in the studio have helped me go further than I ever have before in the community of plein air painting. I can hardly wait to greet the morning.
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I paint in order to remember.
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I blog to remind myself that I am not alone.