The Little Things that Matter – #20 – Another Year of Happy

Yesterday I turned 46 but celebrations started last Saturday with a one on one watercolor class with a very talented local watercolorist, Enon de Belen. You may find her art here instagram, youtube, facebook. Enon and I had a great time last weekend. She prepared a lot of materials for me to learn, practice and play with. We talked about everything about life in general, life as an artist and everything about watercolors. We shared our love with winsor and newton paints and about the gear acquisition syndrome many in the local art scene fall into. We also shared views on the importance of building our skills more than acquiring expensive materials other than quality watercolor paper. It was a great kick off for my birthday week celebrations.

Sharing with you a sample of a worksheet Enon demonstrated and let me finish at home.


The left eye on the top part was done by Enon. Her style is very loose, fluid and relaxed. She showed me how water is really the best partner for my watercolor paints that’s why its called watercolor. 🙂 The rest of the eyes I did at home. Can you see how tight I color?, how I tend to put in a lot of colors in one subject?, how I can’t embrace leaving some parts uncolored?

Learning starts with discovering where I can improve with trial and error. Enon’s reaction when I sent her this scanned copy, was Wow! She also told me that I can hold my own with the loose style. It will improve through practice she ended. And I agree with her. I think I can marry this loose style and the style I tend to veer to which is mostly within the lines, precise, concise, detailed. It is another journey I am most excited to go through.

And of course how can I not share with you the mandatory family birthday pictures. 🙂




We had a sumptuous buffet dinner at Saisaki! Enjoying the complimentary cake. 🙂 

Cheers to new adventures and a continued blissful life! ❤ ❤ ❤ 🙂 🙂 🙂




23 thoughts on “The Little Things that Matter – #20 – Another Year of Happy

  1. Happy Birthday, lovely lady! I am so glad that your next year of life kicked off with such a great art lesson. Honestly, your eyes are really pretty close to the one painted by the teacher. The teacher leaves more white space but that is about it. I would say you aced this course and I am looking forward to seeing what you do as you explore this looser approach.

  2. Happy Birthday for yesterday Carrie! I wish you many joys throughout the coming year. Your birthday photos are lovely,the cake looks scrumptious and I’m sure there was loads of lovely celebratory events throughout the day. I have looked at the eyes carefully – it is not easy to tell the difference between the eye painted by a professional and your efforts. We all paint differently and have different styles. Practise helps us improve our flow and use of the medium, and hone our style – you don’t have to produce exactly how your teacher does. You have a real gift with watercolours I think – every time you post something using them I am really impressed with your end result. I’m not surprised your teacher said ‘Wow!’ 🙂

    • Thank you for the sweet greeting and wishes, Pauline! ❤ Thank you too for the vote of confidence. Yes practice does make a difference and I will continue on practicing and combine all the techniques I love with watercolor. Hopefully through the journey I'll be able to discover my own style.

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