The students who attended last weekend’s workshop in Maryland all deserve blue ribbons. Not only did they work incredibly hard, they produced amazing work. What was the most important factor? They all came to the workshop with an open mind and a willingness to try absolutely anything and everything I challenged them with. Thank you, Carolyn, Nancy, Heather, Deb and Bob! I am so proud of you and can’t resist posting far more photos than I normally do.
Friday evening was spent painting color strips and choosing a limited palette. On Saturday, using the limited palettes, we created a variety of Mandalas and practiced laying down streak-less washes. On Sunday, using the same color palettes we played with experimental watercolor techniques. The benefit of attending a workshop is that you see how other students transform “mistakes” into beauty and success. The first of many such opportunities occurred early on Saturday morning when Heather connected the “wrong” points on her mandala. Erasing is not an option. She embraced the “mistake” and moved forward to produce the following image (still a work in progress).
Burlap, rusty wire, tools, templates and lace were shared by all. I wish I could bottle the cooperative energy and inspiration the students created on a rainy weekend at the Art Institute and Gallery in Salisbury, Maryland.