My first Watercolor journal page. I was done at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show.
My background is in commercial art, but after four years of intensive art classes in college (all based on the client and not really what I wanted to pursue) I stopped.
What did I stop?
I stopped everything. I stopped oil painting. I stopped acrylic painting. I stopped airbrushing, I stopped watercolors, I even stopped just plain pencil sketching and pen ink drawings. I was so burnt out.
In school, I worked approximately sixty hours a week on assigned design projects. The love went out of my art and the art went out of me.
But I had a life changing experience the other day.
My friend Amber asked me to meet her for coffee. She’s very artistic. She quilts and sews and knits. She is a graphic designer, (something I failed at) Oh yes, Amber also has a very smart and thoughtful mommy blog of her own, Blueberry Basil. Amber knows that I still appreciate art.
She said she had something to show me.
I ordered a latte and found a table. She showed up a couple minutes later with a bag from which she produced a Moleskin, one not unlike the field journals that Ernest Hemingway made famous.
Amber said she’d taken a class in watercolor journaling. The Moleskin was filled with watercolor paper.
She said, “You could do this to. You would love it.” And then she turned me on to watercolor pencils and a water-filled brush called a Nigi. It was like crack and she was my dealer.
Yeewhooo, I was hooked, baby.
So along with everything else we do, (did I mention Amber has three boys), we now try to keep our watercolor journals updated.
See some pages from Amber’s Journal here.
And some pages from my journal.
Thank you Amber, for helping me get my mojo back.
Stay tuned for recent journal pages.
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