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February 10, 2023


I like this a lot— your comments about drawing trees (trunks first) and the metaphor of pearls on a string were great. Having the camera looking down over your shoulder would help (watching it on my iPad I could tilt it, instead of my neck!) and your comments about materials are very helpful.

I was also interested to hear when you were looking closely at the photo and when you were doing what you wanted and what felt / looked right to you, and why. Thank you for sharing this, Beth!

I really enjoyed watching. Since I've never taken an art class, and haven't really tried to draw with charcoal, I didn't know you could use your hands to smudge/soften, or an eraser to lighten (or that erasers worked at all for charcoal).

As you may know AVA has a Friday morning Zoom program where you can watch an artist in their studio. I've only watched once.

But I liked this better, perhaps because knowing the artist makes it more interesting.

As an artist, I found that watching you draw and listening to you describe your drawing process put me in a meditative state.

My guess is that there are many people who could learn to draw by watching videos rather than taking drawing classes in person because of the stress some people experience in classroom settings. I have a friend in her 60s who has always wanted to draw and paint and has greatly benefitted from Zoom classes that were developed during the pandemic by a local community college.

Looking forward to seeing more of your videos.

I think I've mentioned that two years ago I began drawing with my non-dominant left hand and find that relaxing and meditative.

I liked this, too. I did find that I couldn't see detail until I expanded the video in YouTube and turned my iPad in its side, but I think most users might have figured it out before me. You made the process very clear, too, working from general masses and tones to details and back to front. Thanks!

I forwarded the link to my sister, who has done a great deal of illustration but less of formal art, and got a ringing endorsement: “I have now watched it three times — great teacher and I loved how she did the deciduous trees. Maybe someone could suggest that she do a demo of conifers which flummox me daily. “

an online course?
yes, please

I recently began a in person course in watercolor. The instructor gave recommendations about paper, brushes, and watercolors and brands. Other wise, we are on our own. My instructor is well versed and educated in watercolor. Finally I learned that her teaching method is to visit each student several times during the day two hour class. She cycles around several times during the two hour class. She is positive, helpful, and inspiring. I believe I will not get from this class what I expected, but more than I hoped for. I am writing this to express what a teacher is doing for me, a beginning watercolor-ist. I am very comfortable in her class and do not feel judged. I’m sharing this only because you are thinking about teaching. It can’t be easy; on the other hand, teachers can guide students to enjoy ”doing art”.

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