This fall, I enrolled in a watercolor class, in the interest of expanding my creativity. I don't often feel like I'm creative at work, and at home, I don't have one particular hobby, so I've been kind of searching for something that I can practice and enjoy.
Originally, I wanted to take a drawing class, but that conflicted with something else I wanted to do, so I signed up for Watercolor 1, thinking I would give it a try.
It was a fortuitous change, because I'm really enjoying it. I like learning about color theory, and everything is new to me. The first week I came home and did a color study which impressed everyone (except, perhaps, my teacher):
Then I made a second one, to which Ethan responded "Hmm!"
By my third color study, Ethan's comments had been reduced to "Mmm."
For my second class, I learned some techniques, and actually produced a scenery painting:
I'm not going to pretend I'm going to be the next artistic genius around here. I'm not even going to pretend I'll ever be good enough to display my paintings at home. After all, I created this one by explicitly following my instructor. That's okay, my paintings are really for me (I hesitated to put them here, but pictures are more popular than words). But I'm learning some techniques that hopefully I can apply to future paintings, and I'm really enjoying myself. So I've already achieved my goal!