I have been drawing for as long as I can remember. My drawing ability was useful when I was teaching elementary students. I used my interest in art for everything from designing worksheets that I hoped would be entertaining to coming up with ideas for art projects that children could adapt to their ideas. Their creativity was wonderful and inspiring.
After retiring from full-time teaching I taught children’s drawing part-time for Community Services. During this period I also taught a program for a local nature center called Art in the Environment.
Shortly before I retired from teaching for Community Services, I taught a class for the service called Adult Watercolor for the Absolute Beginner. Some day I may teach that class again. I enjoyed meeting talented people who just needed a little information so they could paint their own beautiful paintings.
By then, I had been painting regularly with watercolors for five or six years. Watercolor is still the medium I use most frequently. It is easily transportable when I paint on location. I paint at our county parks, at garden centers and in friends’ homes and neighborhoods. I have a basement studio which is also partly a hangout for my grandchildren, complete with couches, chairs, books, and TV.
I paint as well as do other art related activities because art excites me, relaxes me, and keeps me in a happy mood. Every subject I paint has special meaning to me. I hope you find your own special meanings in them as well.