My new-to-me journey in non-commercial watercolor artwork for the most part started in 2011 with Vinita Pappas's first online instructional website. I initially "met" Vinita on eBay where she was posting ACEO/ATC size (2.5"x 3.5") watercolors! Vinita's first demos that I tried kind of gave me the confidence to sign up for some local workshops. I had so much fun taking workshops from some wonderful artists. It was in a workshop in 2012 given by Brenda Swenson on Negative Painting (which I blogged about in "Leaves and Berries") where she mentioned a local plein air painting group. Wow, the group has been just what I was wishing to find for years. Since then I've found two more plein air groups that I enjoy so much.
Vinita has a new version of her inspiring and instructional website, Create 38, which I love. Below I'm posting my versions of her February demos which were about painting water and boats. Both paintings were from a classmate's photos. One is of Greek fishermen and the other is a cold looking harbor in the Netherlands. I had fun trying these and I certainly need practice with boats and water. I'm also posting the very first piece I painted from one of Vinita's first demos, a barn, and I learned so much.
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