August 6, 2010
The Vacation 4
I was a little nervous in the morning. So many "what if"s: What if there are only professionals there? What if my English is not enough to talk and to understand? What if they do not like me (some crazy Russian moving through the country)? :-).
The four days of the workshop were divided in halves: two days with Steve Rogers "Painting color and light in watercolor" and two days with Janet Rogers "Portrait and figure in watercolor".
The atmosphere was so creative and the critique so positive and inspiring, that my study gave me all the pleasure and took a lot of my energy.
I never had big illusions about my artists' talent. I adore the process of painting, the joy of creating. And this knowledge helped me to relax, forget the aim for "great result" and get the most of the joy.
"The boats" painting was done on the first day and "The houses" on the second day of the workshop. I lost the fear of deep color in two days with Steve Roger. Bye-bye, my weak tones, I love the contrasts and start feeling the values. Freedom.
Cuyahoga - "crooked river" in Indian) I walked into the exhibition of old cars from all around the town. I am completely indifferent to old metal helpers. The pleasure to look at people enjoying themselves and their cars was my great reward.
In the second evening my new friend from the workshop took me for the drive around the town, to Amish village and to the Cuyahoga Valley.
Great places, amazing people around me, tolerant, talented, wise and friendly. God-sent situation, we say in Russian.