Wet on wet. Wet on dry. Dry brushing. Scraping with a blade. Sand pebbling, and even introducing a little rock salt into the paints.
That’s what was happening in artist Lee Hayden’s watercolor class with Lake Terrace residents this winter. “It’s so rewarding to introduce the residents’ minds to something new. That simple act enhances our brain to ingest new perspectives, and not be repetitious.”
Hayden introduced the watercolor class to all levels of artists, from novice to experienced. Many had never dabbled in watercolor before. She introduced different paper weights, from 90 to 300 lb., still life experimentation and color trials. “We learned how to lift the color, and that’s not easy. Watercolor is the most difficult medium I’ve ever worked with.”
The class offered during COVID restrictions gave a ray of light to independent living residents. “It created a great community feeling. The residents encouraged each other and praised one another’s work. Learning, sharing and friendly cooperation came from that room. It was a great experience for all, and something valuable for the residents to look forward to.”