The big day has arrived. I am ready to share a painting that I did since beginning my watercolor art class five weeks ago. One day a week. Three hours a day. One amazing teacher.
Over the course of several weeks, Kathy Kovala has skillfully taught our class watercolor techniques by breaking down an entire painting with sky, trees, a field of wildflowers, and a log cabin... teaching us techniques that will transfer to other projects. Instead of a big painting of a scene, I decided to first practice a tree. Over and over until my tree began to look as I had envisioned. I lay down my paintbrush after completing a fourth tree and said, "Yes, little tree. We are one." Instead of my tree being part of a big watercolor scene, I cut it out to use on a page in my altered journal. My intention from the beginning was not to frame my artwork to hang on a wall. My work will be small. A size to fit upon the pages of an old book once read long ago. It shall hold my memories. Captured through watercolor, found items, and text. Once I paint a sky that I like, using the skills learned in class, I will place it behind my tree to create a collage. A cabin will follow. Soon, I will have a complete scene. Just in bits and parts.