I spent yesterday in my favorite way. I ate delicious cheese and cherries, swam in Walden pond and visited the DeCordova Museum of Sculpture. After such pleasures, my brain felt energized and refreshed so, upon returning home, I sat right down and dabbled with the new watercolor set I picked up at the museum gift shop.
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
I don't think I have tried using watercolor since childhood. I remember I found it a frustratingly hard to control medium. The watercolor paintings I created as a kid were muddy and drippy and worn away in spots from trying to lift the color away with paper towel. I have a stubborn nature so when I made my decision that I did not like watercolors, I held that position firmly for more than a decade!
I am happy to report that as an adult, I found myself more patient with the nature of watercolor. I have only owned my new pigment set for less than a day but I have already spent hours experimenting and getting to know how it works. Unlike my young self, I enjoy the way the color pools and is more opaque in some places than others. I like that it is subtle. I need to learn to be more subtle.
This experience has made me want to return to some things I disliked as a child and see if I am more suited to them now. I'm looking at you calligraphy.