Most of my life, I wanted to be a painter. I was an on again/off again college student for years . I finally completed a BFA and MFA in Painting. Then I decided I wanted to do something else and stumbled on Alison Headley’s “I Like Beads”. I admired Alison’s work and enjoyed her wit and honesty. Sadly, Ilikebeads.com is no longer online but I found a screenshot on the wayback machine that will give you a feel for it.
“I Like Beads” inspired me to started playing around with silver, copper, and gemstones. Along the way, I collected several hundred jewelry tutorials, magazines, and how-to books. I would flag projects I intended to make and buy the appropriate tools and supplies.
I did the same with watercolor painting. Watercolor was never a focus in college. I don’t quite understand why it isn’t part of the art school curriculum. Maybe there isn’t enough interest or it just isn’t popular? In any case, I’ve always been drawn to it, especially botanical style. My Mom gave me a membership to Anna Mason’s online school for Christmas and I have a robust collection of watercolor books, dvds, tutorials, and supplies.
Since I have all this stuff, I decided to stop collecting, throw up a blog, and start plowing through it. It will be motivating to keep a record and share the results.
You’ll also meet my dogs, Jackson and Isabelle, along the way.
Finally, I am a participant in Amazon Associates. It’s an affiliate advertising program that provides a way for sites to earn fees by linking to products sold on Amazon.com. I link to products that relate to my content.