I still try to paint.
I don’t practice enough and I don’t let the creative side of me, if there is one, get the upper hand but slog along trying to copy others, whether books or teacher.
By chance a colleague of my husband visited us just as I was returning from art classes last month and I was forced to show him my work.
I don’t like showing people what I paint,I suppose I am a bit ashamed of it.
The colleague studied Art in Munich,although making a career in another field he still dabbles with paint and has had several successful exhibitions.
He told me to throw away all my small paintbrushes-did he realise they cost me the earth,-and buy the largest block of rough watercolour paper I could find.
He told my husband he thought I had talent.
A week later he came over again and brought me a Da Vinci brush, size 24, Jumbo, and a 50 page block of Torchon paper 36x48cm.
I don’t know what it was,the praise,the brush,or the paper.Maybe a combination of all three,but at last I am seeing results and feel that what I am now painting might be good enough to hang on a wall sometime.
I would like to pass on his advice to all other struggling and exasperated watercolour beginners.