Something really big and important has happened in my life! It is so big that I cannot not be quiet about it! No, I am not engaged/married/pregnant/fired/hired. Neither have I launched a new pattern line. What has actually happened is that I have discovered watercolours!
I have always been crap at drawing and could not even draw a stickman, that’s how bad I was. Like many people, I was sure that drawing was not for me and I did not have enough “talent”. When I started sewing, people often asked whether I created my own designs as well, but I answered ‘Pffff, I can’t draw a thing!’. However, something changed inside me a couple of years ago and I started feeling that I was missing out on something. An urge to start drawing, especially using watercolours, has been very strong in me for years, and I finally signed up for an online beginners’ course in June.
What I discovered cannot be expressed with words! The formerly unreachable world of watercolours has become a dear friend, who I now cannot live without! Since mid-June I have been painting so much that it has become hard to keep up with sewing, which has suffered from my new addiction. And you know what? I don’t regret at all: it’s better for the planet and my overloaded closet!
With watercolours, I feel like a child again, discovering something completely new! Since my mind is a tabula rasa, I am trying to read every book I can find in my local library, I am devouring any piece of information on the Internet on the subject with fascination. I try to imitate different styles to help me find my own. Every new technique, every new colour mix makes me incredibly happy. If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably seen a few doodles. Please, bear with me, I am just at the beginning of my journey, but I am really willing to share my new passion with you. My paintings are far from being good, but as Samuel Beckett said: “ Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better”.
Simultaneously, I am also teaching myself how to draw, since to me this is an essential skill! Not so long ago, a friend recommended that I read the Betty Edwards book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, and it’s phenomenal! I borrowed the book from the library on July 27th and two days later I could draw my hand. Compare this with my first drawing from one month ago. Currently, I am working on drawing my three quarter portrait and auto-portrait. While I don’t expect it to look exactly like me, at this stage, my main goal is to nail the proportions.
Some people, who have seen my paintings, tell me that I am talented, but I disagree! As with any skill, one has to practice and persevere. They say, that it’s possible to teach a rabbit to smoke if they want to. So if you are like me, a person, who wants to draw/paint or develop any new skill, but are scared of not being able to or of outside judgment or of something else, I say ‘bullshit’! Just start doing it! Don’t even try: JUST DO IT! One has to do whatever makes one happy! Do you think Picasso or Dali woke up one day and started painting?
As you can imagine, I will continue sharing my new passion along with my sewing projects on this blog and my Instagram account. Now, I am curious: have you also started a new hobby recently?