Fog & Mist, Adirondacks
by Rita Squier
Watercolor painting is a creative outlet of mine that I enjoy tremendously. If I could I would give up my day job to paint. I do love designing things, I love graphics, I am really good at it ... but with the modern age, it ties me to a computer. I do love computers and technology too. I have somehow become the family guru on what to do with mac computers, phones, gadgets, VCR clocks, digital cameras, you name it. If it has buttons, batteries or gets plugged in, needs adjusting or programming they seem to turn to me and sometimes it even amazes me on how much I seem to know about this stuff and how many of these gadgets I have accumulated. I still want more! I want the latest greatest ... yet at the same time I also want to be able to get away from it all.
I love watercolor painting ... you can take a travel kit anywhere and you don't have to worry about batteries, electricity or where to plug in your wonderful gadgets.
The fine art of watercolor painting is one of the hardest mediums to learn. Perhaps that is one of the reasons I love it so much. It is a challenge. Watercolor is a medium where there are rules, yet the rules are meant to be broken. You can push the limits so long as you have learned and studied the basics. There are a few very important keys to watercolor painting. The most important key is quality materials. Join quality paper with quality paint, add a little bit of talent and even with cheap brushes you can make a dent in all there is to learn about watercolor.