Monday, April 12, 2010
Sunlit Cove - Pastel on UART Paper
Lots of things went on this past weekend including the fact that a couple of girlfriends and I went to Greensboro yesterday to an Arts and Craft show at the Coliseum. We went early enough that it wasn't horribly crowded so were able to see the art very well. There seemed to be quite a few craftspeople there along with photography booths but there were also a few painters. I always enjoy looking at any art work but one booth in particular caught my eye - that of North Carolina artist Susan Crouch. Her watercolors seemed so light-filled and, probably because her subject matter reflects my own preferences, I was totally enamored of her work. While her art looks good on her website, it was gorgeous in person. I could see that "glow" that watercolors are supposed to have and I long to paint like that! She does offer workshops from time to time but I don't know if I could ever work up the courage to take one.
I tend to fall all over myself when painting in public - sort of like someone trying to speak in front of an audience. I knock over my water, I get flustered trying to mix paint and everything I already know flies right out of my head. To top it off, it's as if my painting hand gets almost paralyzed and if there is any movement at all, it's choppy and jerky instead of the smooth, fluid strokes that are needed!
OK, so now you all know my "dirty little secret". Does anyone else feel this way? If so, how do you get around it? I've seen several workshops that I'd like to take but feel that I'd be too nervous to get much out of one. I guess like every other fear, you just have to confront yours and do it afraid until you get past it! Anyone want to go to a workshop with me?