Over the last few weeks I have been going through the supplies I have on hand and deciding what I need to replace or add. I’ve added a few new tubes of watercolor, some brushes, and a tablet of paper. I’ve looked through my books and bought a couple that really interested me. I added a couple of pencils, some black permanent pigment pens, India ink, rubber masking, and a couple of other things. Cleaning up and re-organizing the studio helped keep me from adding duplicate materials, as well as discard old things which were no longer functional. I still need to inventory my 22 x 30 inch sheets of watercolor paper.
Another thing I did was to set up this blog, and go through YouTube in search of how-to videos and subscribe to channels, many of which I have added to the links here. Making a video is a lot of work and takes time, but watching a video is one of the best learning tools. You can stop it, start it, watch it again and again. For me, this is one way I find helps me to master something.
Now, I need to get started at really focusing on this side of my life and do something. I have laid down some washes and practiced on different papers – this is all good. The truth is, I’m rather scared of doing this. The fear of failure is there, and in the back of my mind I hear voices of the past, of comparison, and so on. All people who pursue the arts at any serious level hear these – but the ones that really, really want it continue despite real or perceived challenges.