I just returned from an amazing week learning from The Watercolor Goddess, Mary Whyte. It was five intensive days of painting from life and trying to absorb many gems of watercolor wisdom. This opportunity came about because of my dear friend Sam who arranged for a group of us to go to Whidbey Island for the week.
Mary requested a few things from the group from the beginning. They were that we each produce a really bad painting and that we push ourselves to try something new. I not only produced a bad painting, but was able to produce a few. Those made into the circular file never to be seen again.
As for the second request, I felt like I tried several new things. First of which was to use a cat's tongue brush. The second was to paint a portrait from life in watercolor. I have painted portraits from life in oil and acrylic but not watercolor. I have also painted plein air in watercolor but not a portrait. Odd for me since I love watercolor so much!
The first couple of days were spent doing still lifes. The above painting is my attempt at painting produce from the local market.
Below is a photo of Mary with me and the rest of the gang.