As I was carefully choosing just the right image for my Etsy Treasury I came across Rachelle's Shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/rachellelevingston?view_type=gallery&page=3
As I was proceeding through Etsy to pick out my 16 perfect images, I stopped and realized I have chosen several of Rachelle's pieces unknowingly. I was sad when I had to choose one, I thought to myself maybe I could use two, so I did. You can see my Treasury here, while your looking please show it some love by clicking and commenting.
I've painted for almost 20 years but only in the last 6 years has it become this passion that I think about all the time. So now all my free time, energy and thoughts are for painting. I see something and think how could I use that? How could I paint that? How could I use those colors? For example, I just painted this mother and son in a portrait blowing on a dandelion and the dandelion was the part that I thought about for a long time. Watercolor is this huge joy to me and I don't have to run to home depot and buy as many gallons of wall paint. But don't get me wrong I still have days were the paper ends up ripped in little pieces because I mess up. But I want to paint the next morning.
Rachelle has been studying art since 1992. She attended college, graduating in Elementary Education with an art emphasis. Then she taught fifth and sixth grade for six years; now she pursues her art full time.
One of her greatest accomplishments is the private show she did with her father, Richard Beck, who also paints watercolors and has a shop on Etsy. http://www.etsy.com/shop/rbwatercolors
they paint together weekly and take trips to find subject matter and no doubt inspiration along the way.
For myself I love water colors because they are so unpredictable and have movement and flow. I'm wishing that I lived closer so I could take some classes and maybe just maybe be able to paint with as much authenticity and love as Rachelle.
Thank You Rachelle for your work and for letting me write about it.
Blessings to you all