My First Post

Color Studies

Two of my watercolors, “Moon Moss #2” and “Moon Moss #4,” and color charts, Pamela Atkinson, ©2015.

The decision to write a blog was not an easy one for me. My internal critic knows many reasons why this is a bad idea and will articulate them ad nauseam. And yet, I’ve decided to ignore the doubts and excuses; what will I say each week? Who will want to read it? You’re not a writer, you’re a painter, etc. etc. I could go on and on, but I love art and sharing my enthusiasm for color and paint has won out.  So, here I am writing my first post. Starting at the beginning seems like a good idea.

One of my preschool students painting a wonderful animal picture.

One of my preschool students painting a wonderful animal picture.

I have been a painter since my parents gave me my first set of Prang watercolors. They came in a metal box and I thought they were magic! Just add water and a brush and amazing things happen. With the stroke of your hand, you can create a line and turn it into a dog by adding a circle and four small lines. One color blends into another. The shape that starts out yellow turns into a big brown puddle when purple is added.  The paintings take forever to dry and all you want to do is show them off to anyone who will look! Almost as exciting is cleaning your brush;  plunging it into clean water and watching rings of color form and dissipate into a murky pool is all part of the fun. Because I work with small children, as well as teens and adults, I have shared these magical first attempts at painting again and again. Putting down on paper the elusive images in your head is both joyous and frustrating.

Please share your first memories of making art in the comments section.

I hope you enjoy my blog!

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9 thoughts on “My First Post

  1. Laurie Chamberlain

    Pam, I love this! And you are a writer as well as an painter! Showing the child’s painting was brilliant! Good job!

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  2. Rosie Weir

    Hi,Pam! I am glad you took the “risk” to blog. I enjoyed it. I have been helping my husband in his 3rd grade class. Schools still have the watercolors in the tin box. They are not used often, but the students LOVE them! They become so quiet and focused. I notice that there is always a comment about the water changing. Universal!

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  3. VG

    Pam, so glad and excited about your blog! You are an amazing artist! Can’t wait to show Te’a your blog when she gets back from Europe.

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