First I want to thank all the wonderful people who came to my classes in New Jersey-it was such fun to meet you and spend time together creating! I'm eagerly looking forward to Chicago, Dallas and Seattle's CREATE retreats. Did I take photos? No I confess I didn't! I was so in the moment of teaching and having fun that recording the event just slipped my mind. ; )
But I can share with you the fun I had doing watercolor on the plane. Within such a small space how does one paint? Here is the secret!:
2) Bring one or two Niji watercolor brushes. When you pack, squeeze the barrel of the brush while holding in a glass of clean water. Let go and the barrel will siphon up the water where it will wait patiently for your next painting session.
3. Bring a tiny palette of paint OR you can do what I did above. Buy a packet of Nicholson's Peerless Transparent Water Colors. These are postcard size sheets of paper that have been stapled together into a little booklet. Each page is saturated with color and then dried. All you have to do is touch the paper with a wet paint brush and the color will transfer to your brush. For traveling, I cut out a little swatch of each page and use double sided table to glue them onto on little sheet. The colors are very transparent because this product was originally developed for coloring black and white photographs (which you could also do! Just be sure to do it on commercially printed photo paper because your ink jet printed photos will bleed if you get them wet.) The colors are much darker dry than wet-you can see the little spots where I rubbed off the color.
4. Just play and see what happens! You don't have to rinse the brushes-either all the paint comes off on the paper, or you can wipe it on a paper towel. As you paint you can squeeze gently to wet the brush with the water, but you don't have to do it often as the capillary action usually keeps it moist, but not at all dripping.
Yesterday a friend and I took the whole afternoon and evening to set up in my garden and paint. In June I was madly preparing for the New Jersey retreat and also working hard to convert my neglected yard into a little cozy oasis to rest in this summer in between my travels. It was so nice to be outside AND painting. Summer is our outside season in Seattle, the rest of the time it is likely to be raining.
I had been given a bouquet of luscious sunflowers by a dear friend and didn't have time before New Jersey to paint them while they were still fresh. So I took a gazillion photos of them! Here is a small sampling.
I can't think of a better way to spend an afternoon.
This afternoon I'm off to host a drawing booth at the Art Outside Festival in Issaquah, WA. Everyone is free to come by and have fun learning fun ways to draw! 3-7pm at Village Green Park.
May your summer be lovely and full of creativity! I'll see some of you in Chicago next month! Yay!