When I announced my watercolor workshop early this month, I expected only a few sign-ups. I know I'm not a professional, I've never been published or exhibited my works - but I wanted to share my passion for watercolor to anyone who could be remotely interested. I wanted others to know that they can paint, if only only knew where to start.
That being said, I was surprised when more than my original target number of attendees signed up! I honestly didn't think that many people would be interested! A few couldn't make it because the workshop was moved to a later date due to the storm the other weekend, but still, the turn-out was great. It placed a lot of extra pressure on me - the good kind - to come up with a way to systematically teach them what I know so far. I am SO glad I invested in my reference books!
Come Saturday morning, I got to meet the attendees and they were all awesome. Some girls have never painted before, while some have a little experience. One was in her teens, another was in her forties. It was inspiring to see them all wanting to learn something new. I can see that some of them are afraid of being terrible at painting, but at the end of the class, they seemed more excited to practice and apply what they learned.
That I think is the most amazing thing about all this: to meet people with the desire to learn, to do more and in so doing be more than the person who woke up that morning.
Below are a couple of paintings that Doms (left) and Krissy (right) did as soon as they got home. How pretty are these? And guess what, Krissy was telling me as soon as she came in last Saturday that she can not paint to save her life. HAH. Obviously not true! Read her blog post about it.
Below is a cupcake painting posted by Kara last night. This is a great idea no? Nothing could be more personal than hand-painted gift tags and cards.
The venue, Commune, is perfect for artsy events like this. The coffee was amazing and brunch was delicious! Ros, the owner, made sure that we had everything we needed. She was so gracious and patient with my requests as I was planning the workshop. I highly recommend Commune if you're interested in doing little shindigs like this. ;)
So that's what happened last Saturday! ^_^ I would definitely love to do this again in October. Hope you guys could join next time!