06 April 2012

unfinished sketching

Arriving early at Thursday night's watercolor class, I wanted to sketch the church (Church of the Savior) . . . but got caught up in the car parked in front (I can now see the front end is NOT long enough!). Before I could move on to the church and surroundings, it was time to go inside.

Most of the students who began the class have dropped out. John and I talked about it . . . if no more interest is shown in the next couple of weeks, the class will end. Being a beginning watercolor class, I have already explored a lot of what is covered; I go just to be with other artists. It's so hard to find others to sketch or paint with around here.


  1. You must have arrived very early to get this much done before class. Its really good. Bummer about people dropping out. Wonder why they lost interest. Before moving here, I used to go to an Oil painting class from beginners to very very good painters just to be with others that painted and we did shows. I missed it so much which is why I ended up blogging, but its not the same as someone with you in person. and yes there are probably groups here but it wouldnt be the same. Hope it works out for you.

  2. I probably sketched this in 30 to 40 minutes, but I didn't add watercolor until I got home.

    John (the instructor) and I talked a bit about it. We think it's related to this "instant gratification" attitude; they expect to become wonderful artists without putting in the day-to-day practice that those of us who sketch develop as a habit. Also, there didn't seem to be much commitment -- class starts at 7 pm but many didn't show up until 7:30 or later.

  3. I am not sure where you live, but I sympathize with not having other artists to paint with. It can be a lonely pursuit.

  4. A small town near Wichita, KS --- Wichita is a huge black hole where arts are concerned. Not even an art supply store. I drive up past Kansas City, MO to meet up with other sketchers when I can, a three-hour drive one way. Worth it!


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