Attended my second watercolor class last night. I am starting to get a grasp on the basic techniques, which is encouraging. The instructor’s standard lesson includes one primary project and a 15-minute “quickie” sketch and paint. It makes for a productive and enjoyable evening.
I am sure some readers and thinking, “That’s all well and good, but what does it have to do with writing?” Simple, I am attempting to change the way I observe the world. To a visual artist, negative space can be as important as the object itself.It is the same in writing. For example, in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, most people focus on Mark Antony, Brutus, and of course Julius Caesar; however, if you pay attention to the two seemingly lessor characters of Casca and Cassius, you will see that they are instrumental in convincing Brutus that Caesar must die. They are the “negative space” in Will’s masterful work.
There is another reason for the class. It is for me an escape. Painting takes my entire concentration so for two glorious hours a week, I can forget about the orange cheeto and the turmoil he continues to cause. That in itself is well worth the price of admission.