THE WEDNESDAY STUDIO

Watercolor and Pastel Artists at CHAW

Tara Hamilton

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Tara, 2013

My family is full of artists—those who were trained, those who made their living in art, one who is successfully starting out in the field of photography – and then there’s me. My grandmother spent many hours at the dining room table drawing with me when I complained that I was bored. She wanted me to be an artist, but I took another path, actually many career paths, but all centered on public service and communicating.

I took classes on and off over the years for fun and tried different media. Then in 2002 I signed up for an evening class taught by Gina Clapp. It became my little oasis of calm and fun once a week. Watercolor intrigued me and eventually claimed me.

When I retired in 2012, one of the great benefits was having time to paint and to attend the Wednesday Studio taught by Ellen Cornett. The studio is a great place to create at your own pace and chosen medium with constant encouragement from the other artists.

I don’t think I will ever “master” watercolor. In fact, most every painting I do has an element of surprise, and that’s what makes it so interesting and challenging.

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Grace Reflections, watercolor

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Up in the Hills, watercolor

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Budapest at Night, watercolor

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Stone View, watercolor

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