Thursday, January 21, 2010
Watercolor Painting: A Journey of Self Discovery
These are pictures of our Watercolor journey over the years. At first you start off and it is a struggle. Especially because the Waldorf paints and paper are so expensive. It takes alot of one on one time- little rhymes and songs about blending the colors-but slowly magic happens. Just last summer we started doing flowers, we spent two years simply blending and doing exercises from the book "Watercolor Painting" from Barbara Dewey's Waldorf Without Walls program. That book, in my own research and opinion, is by far the best watercolor for Waldorf instruction available. The nice thing is we also used it for our block crayon pictures as well. I have put galleries up of the children's paintings around my house. This gives them the inspiration to keep going and creating. The final picture is my favorite-my daughter painted it and declared-"I hate it, I am going to throw it away!" I screamed "No, it's so beautiful!" Thus it has now ended up at work in my naturopath office!~ Everyone who comes in comments on it. I have it in front of the treatment bed and people can gaze at it during therapy....
Watercolor is truly an investment and to be honest-unless you are willing to buy high quality-European standard-non-toxic paints-and thick high quality paper- it is not worth your or your child's time. The results are rewarding though-once you make that initial investment and it is a magical journey for you and your child.
If you like this blog please check out my book "Beyond Natural Cures" and the Waldorf inspired music program "The AMHC"