Earlier this year, I was blessed to be able to take my very first painting workshop. When you’re not really making any money .. it’s hard to justify SPENDING it .. but I had a little nest egg of “me” funds and with Dave’s support I signed up.
Of course, I was terrified .. my hearing loss makes it hard to do anything all by myself. And I know that I amplify that fear to monumental highs all within my bony little head. But! I did not let the demon voices of inadequacy stifle my enthusiasm. And I packed my art stuff and my dreams and off I went to Clifton, Texas to study watercolor with Texas artist, Randy Meador for three glorious days.
I had a fabulous time. Yes, there were times I had to guess at what he was saying .. but I had a sweet table-mate who filled me in on the high spots. I learned more than I expected. Color mixing and the mechanics of watercolor, but mostly to relax and be patient. Certainly a lesson I need to practice daily ..
When I got back I was anxious to apply my new knowledge to a piece all my own. And I found this photo of a mule with lots of contrast that really tugged at my heart. Ultimately, it became “Clancy’s Pride”. I was thrilled with my first test run of what Randy taught me. Here’s hoping for more “beginner’s luck” .. Till then, here is “Clancy’s Pride”.