I don't remember buying books when I learned to used acrylic paints, or oils-but I was stumped about watercolors. I bought two books, which I really like. The Artist's Journal Workshop, by Cathy Johnson, is just fabulous. More of a book to urge you on to journaling than a watercolor instruction book-but it's FULL of her wonderful art, and the art of other great watercolorists. I love the author's writing style and the layout of the book is creative. I have learned so much just from looking at her art. The second book is a DK book- The Complete Guide to Watercolor, by Ray Smith and Elizabeth Jane Lloyd. This book makes a nice companion to Johnson's book. It is all business-all the basics plus lessons and tons of info about technique.
It's interesting for me to find myself humbled by all of this. It seems overwhelming, and I have indeed cried a few times trying to get something from my head to my paint brush-but the fact that I am going right to square one is good for me.
I needed to shed something in my heart, and this process is helping to do that.
Can't really explain it.
Yes, I have a metal goat in my studio. He's up on my other work table. We have goat (real goats) neighbors, and they are always up on top of wood, playing and jumping and bunting each other. My husband found this fellow for me for Christmas. I just love him. His name is Ricardo.
I thought having the word "WORK" up on my wall would help me remember not to be on the computer or out digging in dirt or fixing rooms in the house all the time. I need to WORK in my studio too!
This very old chair was passed down to me, and I just love it. It is OLD! The color is original, and so pretty. It's not too comfy to sit in though!