It was good to catch up with friends and family and revisit lots of old haunts, as far north as the Bay of Islands. AND it was great to teach watercolour as we went. I met so many lovely, enthusiastic people who were keen to learn about watercolour , and my gut feeling that rural communities would enjoy a workshop proved true.
I'm always aware as I teach that the room will hold a variety of personalities! Some will come along with open minds ready to soak up the experience, some will come purely as a social activity and will continue to paint as they have for years :) Some are confident, some are very nervous and afraid that they'll fail. Some have huge expectations of themselves and dreams of masterpieces.
My job is to meet the needs of all of these , and it can be a juggling act. It's not easy to help those who are struggling with basics while at the same time making sure the more experienced are extended and still getting the extra knowledge they've paid for.
By the end of the workshop we're all exhausted! But it gives me so much pleasure to see someone master a wash for the first time, mix their own colours and excitedly show what they've painted.
So a huge thankyou to all of you who took part - I learn so much from every one of you and I hope that you'l continue painting and find the same joy in watercolour that I do .
See you next time!