My First Blog Post

Welcome to my inaugural blog entry! I must admit, I'm feeling a mix of excitement and a touch of nerves as I embark on this journey. The purpose of my monthly writings will be to share with you the stories behind my paintings, my inspiration, tips for those who are  dipping their toes into watercolor painting, and candid stories about my evolution as an artist.  And let's kick off this journey with some raw honesty—stick figure art was the extent of my artistic endeavors for most of my life. Yes, you heard that right. This blog is a sanctuary for all who've uttered the words, "I couldn't draw if my life depended on it!" Trust me, I've been there too.  

My Background and A Glaring Lack of Art Degrees

I’ve read other artist’s info pages with their lists of art degrees and perhaps I should hide that I didn’t start drawing while still in diapers.  I do remember taking an art class in college, though I can’t say I aced it. And that is the extent of my formal art training.  But as I said before, I will be candid with you. Or as a close friend has told me on several occasions, “You are very forthcoming Marcia, I always know what you are thinking.”

My Inspiration

California has always been my home..  The beauty of the Golden State seeps into every stroke of my art. Santa Cruz is  my current residence, and as a nature enthusiast and artist, I find endless inspiration in the scenic wonders that surround me here.  

Thirty Eight Years as a First Grade Teacher

My career for many years was as an elementary teacher. I firmly believe that the boundless joy I experienced in the classroom seeped into the very essence of my artwork.  Admittedly, though I wasn't necessarily creating masterpieces myself, I proudly held the title of the "Artsy" teacher. My students created art that was seamlessly woven into their studies of history, science, and literature.

A Little Girl in Cambodia Inspired my Art Journey

In 2019, I embarked on a volunteer journey to Cambodia—a nation deeply entrenched in the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge regime and grappling with profound poverty. Witnessing firsthand the resilience of its people amidst stark

living conditions—many devoid of basic necessities like running water and electricity—I was moved by their unwavering spirit.

Teaming up with a local NGO, we endeavored to make a tangible difference by constructing a community outdoor bathroom.  Without running water or electricity, many people lived in primitive situations.. Tasked unexpectedly with adorning its exterior wall and armed with just three colors, I was both challenged and humbled. My team wanted to participate, so I was asked to create a sort of “paint by number” for them. While the results were simple,  I had never done anything like it before.  I'll never forget the quiet father who shed tears at the sight of it.

Upon returning home, I felt compelled to delve deeper into the world of art. Enrolling in a sketching class marked the humble beginnings of my artistic journey.  And this was the beginning of my artistic journey.   

Next Month  I will share my most important watercolor tip, What my sketching teacher said to me that inspires me everytime I doubt my talent, and some of the stories behind my art.

 And finally, I recently discovered stretched hot pressed 6x6 panels.  I just finished painting these dragonflies and I like how they turned out.  Hot pressed paper is quite different from my usual cold pressed paper.  I will continue to play around with it and will let you know what I think.

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1 comment

  • I loved the newsletter. And the dragonflies are amazing!


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