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Bonnie Bennedsen

Painting is something that came very late for me. I have always loved colors and textures and working with my hands, but it was almost an accident that painting became an interest. And, until about 10 years ago when I was not changing jobs and moving, I did not have a place where I could paint on a regular basis.

The decision to use watercolors was based in part on portability and the fact they did not need a lot of room. Ha! Not true anymore! I now have a room where I can paint, and many more tubes of paint than I need. While I could try another medium, I have enough to entertain me already. I love watercolors because they can be soft and gentle or full of energy and bright colors. Painting is practice, and most of my learning has come from seeing something and wondering if I can paint it. Sometimes it works better than other times, but I always learn from doing a new picture.

During the winter months I usually paint flowers because I miss my garden and study seed catalogs, but spring comes and my heart turns to boats and other things. I paint from pictures I have taken or sometimes from pictures in those seed catalogs.