Final Watercolor Class

9/11/15  (Friday) in LaPine, OR (Cascade Meadows RV Resort-ROD)

Cold nights and hot days- today over 90. Spent the morning preparing for the WC lesson and all those regular chores. We watched Serena Williams play in the US Open as well. She sure is tough. So hard to watch her fight from behind for most of the game. Vinci played a good game. It’s like watching a triple crown effort in the horse racing world…

In the afternoon I taught Janet about color, using Red, Yellow and Blue to get any color she would need. Also how you can paint with only R,Y, and B, making up the colors in your painting but keeping true to the values of the image you are working from. She loved the little apple I painted as a demonstration, so I gave it to her. She has a lot on her mind, many responsibilities just ahead, so we decided not to meet for another class. She leaves Monday, we leave Wednesday. We wished each other the best, shared hugs and said our goodbys.

Pretty sunset from our coach. I struggled to figure out how to get it to focus.


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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