Where best to start a new blog than at the start of a new (old) enterprise. Over 15 years ago back in Britain I picked up the brush at a painting watercolour for beginners class. I then became busy moving house and family (several times) ending up here in Michigan.
After a couple more years I joined a painting in acrylic for beginners class. Sadly to say that I didn't get to do much painting over the following years besides burning and painting wood boxes with my Celtic influence. Eventually I found time for painting; acrylic, pastel and oil pastel mainly.
This year I joined a class by artist Mike Monville to explore different surfaces and techniques for watercolour painting and started playing again.
I tried the Aquabord (a textured clay surface) for the first time. The surface certainly responds differently than paper. Above is my first attempt, a small 5x7ins Aquabord. A lose watercolour of exotic birds coming in to land. More about response and preparation of the board to follow.