In 2002 we ran away from Illinois where we were born and raised, and started a new life in SW Florida. This blog is about me (an eccentric old artist), ROM (my Real Old Man), Isabella (our neurotic Standard Poodle) and Emmy (our crazy snake killing Jack Russell Terrier). Oh- and the neighborhood old people. Life is good in Florida!

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Creating 2016 My Way

I'm so glad December is over. It was an emotionally exhausting month for me and I hated every single day of it. But it's over... When I got up on the morning of January 1st it was like a huge weight had been lifted off me. I'm ready to participate in life once again. 

I'm starting this year just like I did last year- with an online class at Sketchbook Skool. It's going to be even more fun this year because a couple of my Twitter friends, Jane and Mary, are joining me in the Expressing Class. If any of you reading this decide to take this class with us, give me a holler so I can look for you in class. Don't worry if you aren't a great sketcher as I am only mediocre at best. But if I only did things I was good at all I'd do is sit on the beach, watch TV, eat and sculpt. That's extent of my skills. 

The classes I took last year were Beginning, Storytelling and Playing. I was a bit intimidated as I started the first class but soon was having too much fun. There were some very talented artists in the class but many were inexperienced people just like me who just wanted to learn and do something new. I had only used acrylic paints before so watercolor was a brand new medium for me. 

Although the instructors will tell you all you need for the class is a sketchbook and pen, it's a lot more fun if you have some of the other supplies they teach you to use. I would recommend having:

Sketchbook- I love the wire bound Strathmore Watercolor 140 lb. Visual Journal. The Dick Blick prices are much cheaper than Michael's. I do so much erasing and layers of water colors that the 140 holds up the best for me.

Mechanical pencil- I use a cheap Papermate .7 that I picked up at Target.

Eraser- Some of artists teaching at Sketchbook Skool recommend always sketching with a pen. That didn't work for me as I was so afraid of screwing up that I was paralyzed and afraid to start. I'm much bolder with a pencil and the knowledge that I could erase if I didn't like what I sketched. 

Basic set of watercolors- I use a 24 color set of Sakura Koi Watercolors


Brushes- I use the same brushes I already had for acrylics. I recently invested in some Ninji water brushes that I really like.

Gouache- I use a cheap 24 set of Reeves

Waterproof pens- I like the Sakura Micron and Copic pens. I find I use the black and sepia the most. 

These basic supplies will fill all your needs for the SBS classes and they will last a long time. Here's to creating 2016 in our own individual way- hope I see you all in class!