It turns out I was using watercolors all wrong…
But if you’ve been around here a while, that likely won’t surprise you. Because I work digitally for my designs, I don’t mind bending the rules when it comes to my painting style. My main concern is to create a mark that will translate well into Adobe Illustrator.
However, a couple of weeks ago I had the absolute pleasure of spending a Saturday afternoon at Lakewold Gardens learning watercolor from THE Mint Gardener, Sarah Simons. The setting was perfect – the location felt like a European villa. The gardens were blooming, the afternoon was warm but overcast, and as a bonus, the wisteria above the patio bloomed early just for us! All photos in this post are by Matthew Sumi.
I haven’t taken an art class since college, so this workshop was a treat! The last class I took was a drawing class during my first year at community college. Since then, I’ve been exploring and making up my own rules.
But there is something magical about learning from a true artist who shares her art as ‘letting the paint dance’. I don’t dance, and my paint therefore does not know how to dance either, but I loved looking at it in this poetic way.
The watercolor workshop was an event to celebrate Sarah’s new book, Flowers, Feathers & Animal Friends. It’s brand new and available here! We worked together on one page of the book – the geraniums and butterflies. If you’re new to watercolors (or not new but looking for more techniques to incorporate in your work, the book has step-by-step instructions for water-coloring (properly, ahem), including which paint color to use and what order to approach the different elements of the design.
This beautiful watercolor palette is by Pottery by Eleni – someday I would love to have one in my studio! And the paintbrushes are by Princeton – these happen to be my favorite paintbrushes! (One thing I’m doing right 🙂
All in all, it was a fun afternoon painting, exploring the gardens, meeting other creatives – including Flora Forager, and learning a few new techniques to bring home and incorporate into my work.
I mean – look at that setting! The wisteria! It was beautiful!