Yesterday was a very long, but very interesting day. I was in heaven at times and in the depths of despair at others. I tried very hard to get out of the doldrums reminding myself that watercolor is a difficult medium and that I shouldn't expect that I will be a natural at it. It is just that it looks so simple and easy. I watched Joe do a lovely large landscape of a river meandering through a misty background with a dead tree and rocks and he made a beautiful painting so nonchalantly. I was almost weepy during my first attempt, but quickly pulled myself out of it and turned over my picture and just played with color.
I was really good at one thing - or at least I didn't suck at it. I had never done a value study before and felt that I wouldn't be able to get it, but I kind of like it. What do you think?
For whatever it is worth, the value was the high point of my day, but the resulting mess that was supposed to result from this study is disgustingly awful. My first impulse was to throw it away; but overnight I decided to bring it home and cut it into ATC sized pieces and use it as backgrounds for small works of art.
And I have a picture of myself with Cheap Joe Miller. This may be the only photo I'll ever have taken with a "celebrity" so I decided to share even though I only like to be on the other side of the camera.
After class last evening, we took a break and then walked about town. What a great area - loads of shops (but they mostly closed at 5:30). We had a lovely dinner at Alpenrose. I had whitefish and Jan had homemade ravioli - delish! We then walked around for a long time and when we got back to the room, I was quite swollen and sore again. I iced and then took Benadryl before bed. Interestingly, while the Benadryl put me to sleep the night before, this time I felt wired and had a very difficult time getting to sleep.
Up at the crack of dawn this morning and the swelling is down quite a bit and my lower leg is no longer red. Tonight after class, I am planning to ice before going out to explore.
I hope to have more to share with you tomorrow.