Here we are on the last day, out on the front porch of the gallery. I am on the second row on the end in the teal blue shirt. Morgan on the front row in pink shirt took the pictures labeled with her name. She is a wonderful artist! Here is a link to her website- http://morgandenise.com/
This is me with my new friend Pat- one day she came in bringing me a gift of a brush I needed, and a larger palette for me to work with! She has been all over the world, just lately to paint in The Louvre last fall I think. I was the only one in the class with no previous watercolor experience! The very first day, by the end of the day I was so frustrated I went home and cried! But the second day I started making progress...a lot to learn for a beginner in a class where everyone was so much more advanced! But that really was a good thing because they could all help me and I could watch the way everyone approached the process differently.
Here I am, hard at work...My biggest difficulty was not knowing anything about how to mix color. Now that I am back home, I've got a little color wheel to study and learn from, although we did a little of this in the class. One exercise we did was to create a value chart of red, and Mitchell told us we needed to do a chart of all the colors.
These are the paintings from the class, all in varying degrees of completion. Some are totally finished, others still have a ways to go. Mine is on the bottom with the suspenders still white. My background here is also not finished, nor the top of the hat. I am practically finished now, still have the top of the hat to complete. See how different they all look?! This photo makes them look small; actually my paper measures 22" by 16".
My good friends Dan and Angela put me up in their home for the week- I am indebted to them for so much! We had good times in the evenings with good conversation- we played games with their son Darren too. The drive to Berea took 40 minutes on winding Kentucky hilly roads- such beautiful scenery! Really a joy to travel back and forth everyday...past old tobacco barns, some practically on the road! No shoulders on most of the roads, mailboxes so close to the road it's a wonder they are not hit more often than they are...these are definitely roads where you cannot text and drive at the same time! The stone "slave fences" were a neat thing to see- here's some photos of one.
The weather was typically early spring- cold one day and warm another! We were able to eat supper outside one evening on their new picnic table. Angela always had a nice supper for us everyday.
All in all it was a very enjoyable week for me. My host and hostess were so kind and hospitable- there is no way I can repay them for their hospitality. Except to give them my love! Being able to watch Mitchell Tolle at work and learn from him was an invaluable, wonderful experience. I am so grateful to God and my husband and these dear friends for making it possible for me to attend his workshop.Here's a website link