On the other hand, “they” say that every character in a dream is some aspect of the dreamer. If this is so, the message is that I need to be gentle with myself when I take myself into nature. I am not the spry young hiker with great reflexes that I was even a decade ago, and my wounded knee is a reminder that I can still hike, but I need to be careful and slow down.
The watercolor that accompanies this post is of a photograph of Mom and me in 1977. I was excited that the 30x30 Direct Watercolor Challenge was over, and I could do a preliminary sketch with a pencil. I thought my results would be so much better. However, I saw that the direct watercolor system (using only watercolor and a brush---no drawing) lent itself to a looser look, so after my preliminary pencil sketch, I returned to my brushes alone. Discovering my inner watercolorist through this thirty day challenge has been a wonderful experience, and I look forward to doing more. In fact, my dining room table has become my semi-permanent watercolor station.