I rarely set out to paint what eventually emerges on the paper. Suddenly there might appear a shape that I find interesting, or a shape I liked might disappear. The elements of surprise and discovery are what make watercolor painting fun for me.
I thought painting in watercolor would be useful while my husband enjoyed hours of meditation as he fished on the quiet Maine lake where we have a camp. What I did not consider is that his boat moves all the time and trying to paint on the moving boat meant I couldn¹t focus on a scene long enough to complete the painting. I continued painting in watercolor anyway.
Art making of any kind is a great way to enjoy your later years. I have taken watercolor classes with many fine teachers. Most recently I have been in Carolyn Latanision’s morning watercolor class in Woburn, MA. My classmates are mostly retirees who enjoy painting as I do, and most weeks we also share a good chuckle. This is my meditation, a kind of group meditation!
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