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Step outside... the creative comfort zone

This Spring I took a six week course with Lara Call Gastinger on botanical watercolor painting!  I must say, even for a meticulous painter like me, it was a big step outside my comfort zone to work with watercolor this way.  It reminded me that to grow as painters, we must challenge ourselves to create things we never have before - try new reference material, paint from life, use a different type of paint, a new selection of colors or limited palette, different sizes of brushes (in this case TINY), and try painting with other people around to keep a conversation going about the process!  Below is my final project from class, a red lettuce leaf - it needs a bit more work but I'm happy with how it has developed so far... 

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