Watercolor Class and Golf

9/1/15 (Tuesday) in Bend, OR (Bend/Sunriver RV Campground-TT)

This morning, after our normal routine, I began teaching watercolor to our new friend Janet; tips about watercolor supplies and finding paint-able pictures. After lunch we got back together with another class, where I painted a demo and she followed right along with her painting. She did a great job! I’m excited because this is helping me remember how much I love painting and teaching. This is a huge opportunity for both of us! Meanwhile, the guys played golf at a nearby beautiful course, “The Back Nine”. John loved the course and did pretty well despite a couple really bad holes.

After supper, because it was Tuesday, John wanted to shop at Fred Meyer’s in Bend for their senior 10% discount. We don’t normally leave the rig after supper. Wouldn’t you know, I’d told Janet our plans and we met them at the gate as we were leaving the campground. They were going to Fred Meyer’s too! The funny thing is, we forgot to ask for our discount while they remembered to ask for theirs! They also got in on a great brush sale at Hobby Lobby. We were tired and just headed home.

About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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