This semester I’m taking a watercoloring class to fill one of my required fine arts credits. I took the class because I knew it’d be a good reason to go to the art store and spend a buttload of money on art supplies. I have legit paintbrushes, paints, a giant clipboard, and a palette. I feel soooo cool.

It makes our apartment a huge mess.

BUT it’s been so much fun to learn the strokes and techniques of watercolor. I made this lighthouse in two minutes and Diana, my teacher, loved it. I loved it too. It was the first time I looked down and thought “Yes! I’m turning this in!” and my hour long pieces got shoved in the corner. I was trying to copy some artists on YouTube and I was getting so angry and bored. So I put a timer on for two minutes and forced myself to paint like crazy. And this is what I got. The lighthouse in Sylt.

We’re now working on wet-on-wet techniques and I’m frustrated again with my painting of Flensburg.

“I feel like a four-year-old,” I said to Diana.

“That’s what you’re supposed to feel like,” she said. “You’re getting it. Just keep going.”

Phewf! Hard, but rewarding.

Are you working on a project?
How do you stay creative?
How do you keep having fun when it gets hard?

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  1. Ein wahnsinnig tolles Bild. Ich bin immer wieder begeistert, wie andere mit ein paar Pinselstrichen sooooooo viel ausdrücken können und ich liebe dieses Bild von Sylt. GROßARTIG!!!!

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    • Petra dankeschön! Dein Kommentar hat mich sehr gefreut. Du bist einfach zu nett. 🙂 Ich denke auch so über deine Fotos auf Instagram!

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  2. It’s a lovely lighthouse painting.

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    • Thank you, Sarah. P.S. I called your name outside of the conference center the other day. You looked, but didn’t see me in the massive crowd. 🙂

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  3. This is really a wonderful painting. I don’t know why, but fussing over a painting usually doesn’t work. So. Glad you’re doing this. Kisses.

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