Monday, June 21, 2010


I am taking a class called ARTFUL JOURNALING FOUNDATIONS with Laure Ferlita and I am really enjoying it. It is to learn how to use watercolors and since I have never used them I thought I'd take the class. It requires sketching so I"m practicing that as well. Its all done with pencil and watercolors and some sharpie pen work.

Okay, I got the first three assignments done and these are my thoughts:

I'm not crazy about the color of the watermelon but I'm not to disappointed with my first stab at watercolors. I don't think I'm getting the color correct for the shadowing. That seems to be the hardest part for me. The shadowing.

I enjoyed doing the lemons in the bowl. Again, I had problems with the shadowing - taking it from more to less. There is too much orange and too much purple. I need to practice that.

Last but not least is the fortune cookie I did a little while ago. I really enjoyed doing this and I started to get more of a feel for the shadow effects necessary to give the subject depth. This is one area that I really need to focus on. I am more comfortable with watercolors now and see how they can be really wonderful for our journals.

Thank you for taking the time to look and I would love all the constructive criticism I can get. I am really glad I signed up for these classes. Thank you Timaree!!!


  1. You are sooooo brave.... and you never cease to amaze me!!!!! Your paitings are fabulous! Frame the all!!!!!

  2. IMO, watercolors are about the most difficult painting medium to master, and you are waaaaay too self critical! The watermelon looks good enough to eat, the lemons look quite squeezable, and the fortune cookie, my personal favorite, is just fabulous. I think your shadowing is fine, and will only come easier the more you do it. Great job, my friend!

  3. I agree with Eileen... you are being way to hard on yourself. The color of the watermelon is perfect. I think what is bugging you about the shadows is that they are too hard edged. Try wetting the edge of each one and bleeding them out with clear water to soften them. I think if you try that you may be happier with the results.

    Valerie B.

  4. I think your little watercolors are great! Elena-you are amazing--do you ever sleep? With you job and all the classes you take! How do you do it!

  5. I always agree with Eileen. Just kidding! actually, I've been looking at results from several people in this class and I'm finding them near miraculous. I think the teacher must be quite good and I'm kicking myself for not having signed up for it this summer. Next time... watching your progress with interest. (So keep up the good work as you are currently my role model, dear.)

  6. I hope you've watched the videos so you can plug away at the lessons when you have time. Watercolors are amazing and at least you got your feet wet. You've really done great so far.