Arts & Crafts

I dabble. In everything. I like to try things out and I didn’t use to have a lot of patience. Right now my focus is on watercolor. I tried it many years ago but put the brushes down in frustration.

Wanting to get back to it, I took a lesson with Kathleen McElwain in Georgetown. (How I ended up taking a lesson with her is a story of synchronicity.) Although I did not paint in the lesson, Kathleen gave me exactly what I needed to get started and I have been pleased with the results. It helps that I’m taking this slow and allowing myself to play and make mistakes. I’m immersing myself in the process rather than the end product (quite a change from how I was in the past attempt).

Two early attempts. I want a looser style, more impression than realistic, so after doing these two, I’m back at the beginning doing washes, mixing colors, losing control and seeing what the color does.

This is lighter than the original and done before my first lesson (the horse was taken from a photo and traced). There is a French artist who does incredible horse art - Benedicte Gele
This is lighter than the original and done before my first lesson (the horse was taken from a photo and traced). There is a French artist who does incredible horse art – Benedicte Gele

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sketch in watercolor (no guidelines) tried to free up the stokes in the stem. This was done after my lesson
Sketch in watercolor (no guidelines) tried to free up the stokes in the stem. This was done after my lesson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also dabbled in making simple jewelry. I worked much more in stained glass and clay. Here’s some of what I’ve done in stained glass and clay.

One thought on “Arts & Crafts

  1. Wow! Janet … I’ve barely begun dabbling in stained glass and I love it. Your pieces are so beautiful!
    Maggie
    P.S. I love your blog. Your vacation in Wales seems so idyllic.

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