I love art-blogging. I still have no idea what ever possessed me that afternoon when I first came to WordPress and started this blog. It was a moment of madness, that’s all I can say. I wasn’t an artist. I couldn’t even pretend to be one. But I’d drawn a bowl of apples that I was quite proud of, and I just wanted to imagine what it might be like to be an artist, to share my drawings, to be part of the beautiful world of art.
That moment — however mad — was life-changing. I never expected to have followers from around the world. I never realized how many good friends I would make from art blogging. And I had no idea at all how I would grow as an artist, how much improvement I would see in my drawing, how many new pathways I would go on to explore.
Watercolors, acrylics, oils, pastels, ink, scratchboard… I’ve tried quite a few things since beginning this blog. I love sharing my experiences and hope that occasionally something I’ve done might inspire another artist. What a precious thought that is!
I love all the helpful comments and suggestions I get from other artists. Thank you to those of you who are blogging alongside of me, sharing tips and tricks on how to improve drawing and painting skills. And thanks to those of you who have taken time to create video demonstrations and tutorials.
Recently I visited Heli Naik’s blog — Creating Art and Happiness — and discovered just what I need right now: watercolor florals. She’s done some beautiful artwork, and she’s shared it through YouTube videos.
I couldn’t resist watching her coneflower video, and after watching I grabbed my paints and gave it a try myself. While I don’t have Heli’s skill for painting delicate lines and lovely leaves, I did enjoy painting my coneflowers, and I was pleased with the result.
I think of this painting and these flowers as a gift from a very special friend. I’m grateful to Heli for sharing her talents and for encouraging me to keep going with my watercolors.
Thank you, Heli!