I've had quite a few interesting work experiences on my way to entering the real estate industry. Real estate has been a late life career addition for me. In fact, most people who know me, knew me first and foremost as a performing artist (actress, singer, stage director and teaching artist).
But even those who have known me since "way back when" may not know about this childhood interest that has been recently revived in my life: I'm learning to paint.
I've always liked to doodle and draw. As a teen, I did my Saturday morning chores on Friday night, so I could spend my Saturday mornings taking an all-city art class at the Carnegie in Pittsburgh. But then I went to college and had to declare a major and make some choices about where to invest my time. I decided on theater arts and political science...and the love of drawing was eventually crowded out of my life. Until now.
On my sixty-fourth birthday, I received a few gifts of money and used them to buy myself some brushes, pens and paper, and for the first time took up watercolor painting! I am in love with watercolors.
Painting, I've discovered is a whole different ball game from drawing. And watercolor is much more challenging than any other type of paint, especially for a controlling, detail-tweaking, write -and-rewrite personal like me. Watercolor requires the artist to approach every painting with an open mind, ready to accept what the medium may dictate. We can't erase watercolor like we can erase an errant pencil stroke, and usually cannot paint over a mistake like we could with the tempura paints we used way back when I was in school. Watercolor paint often seems to possess a mind of it's own when applied to the paper, compelling the artist to approach an idea loosely and go with the flow, literally. I find it wonderfully freeing!
So, here I am, sharing with you something that few eyes have ever or will ever behold: watercolor art by Elva. All I can say about it is, I am having loads of fun and wish I had even more time to explore this exciting new avenue of expression.