Coursework Update

Art Journal, Faces, Mixed Media, Watercolor

As I said, after the world watercolor month, I have big plans on doing my course work. I am trying to keep up with the Life Book. I have to say that I am doing fine. I skipped one lesson which I definitely did not like, and I started and did not finish three more, but that’s ok. This week I did two lessons that I really liked and that were quick and easy. Perfect! Here they are:


One new course that I started is the Vitamin Sea with Jane Davenport. I did not plan on taking any more classes, but as this one was all about the watercolors, figure drawing and sea creatures (including seahorses :)))) I decided that it is what I really need at this moment. Up until now we made our journals out of various sorts of watercolor paper and made the ‘tide lines’. This is how it looks:


Did you spot the seahorse? 🙂 It is going to be exciting, I am sure.

My Ever After course is not going so well. I felt very intimidated by a third lesson which required really elaborate face and hand painting in acrylic and I could not start it at all… The fourth lesson was by Jane Davenport, consisting of three parts. I finished part one:


I thought I already posted this here, but I am not sure any longer. Anyway, you will forgive me if I did. I started the second part of the lesson this week and will hopefully finish it tomorrow. It is going quite slowly in this course because the lessons are quite difficult and videos are very long. They are downloadable however, so I should take it easy.

So, that’s about it for today. I plan barbecue for dinner and can hardly wait 🙂 Wish you a good day!


Ever After: Week 1

Faces, Mixed Media, Watercolor

And I am already behind! I should be finishing lesson 2 this week and I only just finished 1. Anyway. This was hard, because we were supposed to follow as close as possible what the teacher did, use the same supplies and techniques. It makes me itch and fidget and wish to abandon it and never some back to it again. This is, among other things, another journey in self-discovery. And what I confirmed this week is that, when I am not in the flow, my patience is very limited and my attention span that of a squirrel. However, what I knew from before is that when I decide that something will be done, that something gets done. Eventually.

Here she is – The Little Mermaid Tam’s way:


If you showed it to me, I would never say that it’s mine! LOL! Another thing I confirmed: I do not particularly like Neocolor II. I prefer the traditional watercolor because it flows and moves. I suppose one could treat Neocolors just like the pan watercolor and try to make washes. That remains yet to be tried… What disturbs me is their greasiness… I don’t know. I don’t hate them, but somehow we did not ‘click’. This was completely done with Neocolors, some color pencils, graphite pencil and white gesso and acrylic.

My favorite part of this painting is surprisingly the seahorse. I was so stressed about the thought of drawing him, that, probably, if I hadn’t followed the lesson closely, I would go without him. What a mistake that would be! You know why? Because I am currently doing a watercolor of seahorse ‘my style’. And I am loving it. And if I haven’t followed the lesson, I would have never discovered my love for seahorses. You will see tomorrow…

Tomorrow, of course, is back to World Watercolor Month! YAY!