Sunday, June 19, 2005
How It All Began
Pemaquid Point Light 1989
The other day in one of my watercolor online groups there was a discussion about first watercolors, and a few of us posted ours. It's fun to look back at our beginnings. This painting was done in 1989 on a vacation in Maine. Oh, I had tried watercolor before, back in the 60's, and I remember hating it. I probably tried to use them like oils.
I remember being attracted to watercolor seascapes in the various gift shops and galleries and decided to try one of my own. I kept my investment to a minimum, buying a watercolor pad and two tubes of paint - ultramarine and yellow ochre. I had read somewhere that you could do a painting with just those two colors. It came out a little pale and wishy-washy, but I must have liked it because I kept on painting. Many books and a few watercolor classes later I'm still at it.