Life can be a surprise, even to myself about myself. When I was just an "art critic" ('cause we all seem to have an opinion), I hated still life. I liked female human subjects the most and that's all I would sketch. I also thought if I ever painted, I would be an oil painter.
When I finally had the courage (and the money to invest on art supplies) to buy my first canvas, I played with acrylic. But one untold day, I painted using watercolors. I painted still life.
Watercolors test my need for control and it is with complete abandon that I see the colors float on the paper. Sometimes taking directions I didn't intend it to. But isn't that one of the best parts of living? To be surprised by something you did not know about yourself? As though you realize you have to say "Hi, I am Ana. Nice to meet you."
This little item above is a Bogaboard. A little tool invented by watercolor artist Gayle Weisfield that allows watercolor artists to stretch their watercolor paper in a very simple way. You can find it here. At first, I thought it was more money than I wanted to spend to stretch paper, which can be done with a board and some brown tape, but I finally used mine yesterday and it is amazing! Serves as a board for painting, doesn't allow warping, AND I can use the back as a soaking tank :)
Tomorrow, I am using a gift card I got from my brother-in-law to invest in some fancy watercolors brushes. So excited.