Cold Night and Watercolor Classes

9/3/15  (Thursday) in Bend, OR (Bend/Sunriver RV Campground-TT)

It was really cold last night (33 degrees), enough for John to bravely get out of our warm bed and turn on our furnace heat. Definitely the kind of morning that begs you to sleep in.

I had projects to get done before I felt ready to teach watercolor and Janet was happy to have time for her own projects. Thus I got my big load of wash to the laundry (so much easier when I knew where the laundry money was, where the laundry was, which machine to use….). Got it drying and the dryer had heat, yet it took 2 hours to dry what usually takes 80 minutes. Hmm. Next project the blog, then checking our monthly bank statements.

My afternoon with Janet and our next watercolor lesson went well, although we want to repeat that one again. You could say we’re BOTH learning (I the teaching aspect, she the technical aspects). John spent his day watching his old TV shows. Still playing cards to end our night.


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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