24 Comments

  1. Brenda
    April 13, 2017 @ 3:45 pm

    Thanks for the encouraging words. I’ve been painting for ten years and want to paint like the masters, however, I know if I don’t get over the fear of putting paint on the paper — I will never learn. I will never succeed if I don’t try. After all, it’s only paper.

    • Angela Fehr
      April 15, 2017 @ 9:49 am

      I think it’s helpful to remember that putting “mileage” on your brush is the only way to mastery. A pianist doesn’t think of the hours of scales and finger exercises as wasted. Painting requires an element of faith as well; trusting that we are growing our skills even when we can’t see it happening.

  2. Yvonne Michelle
    April 13, 2017 @ 6:24 pm

    I love your style, your youtube instructional videos & the fee portion of your classes I’ve done so far. I am saving up to buy the full access to all your classes right now & can’t wait to start! You’re so kind with your feedback (I’m y.v.i.e on Instagram) even though I’m not officially paying for any classes hust yet. You are so generous with your knowledge & it’s so amazing to bask in your talent!

    • Angela Fehr
      April 15, 2017 @ 9:50 am

      Thank you so much, Yvonne! I remember you from IG and am enjoying seeing your work inspired by my videos.

  3. Mary Lyons
    April 13, 2017 @ 7:05 pm

    Angela, Your encouragement means so much. I’ve loved your classes that I have been able to take, and you have offered so much good advice and teaching for free. You have a generous spirit. Several times, when I’ve been feeling discouraged about my paintings, your words have encouraged me to get back to the love of picking up the brush and just being creative and to be gracious and patient with myself. I do love painting (even when not happy with the end result of each piece). Thank you for reminding me of the joy of that. And thank you for sharing yourself and your beautiful art work with us!

    • Angela Fehr
      April 15, 2017 @ 9:51 am

      It is hard when you lose your joy in painting – we need to have a few little victories to help us keep going. And my very favourite part of teaching is being able to encourage people in their painting journey; it’s so rewarding!

  4. Edo Hannema
    April 13, 2017 @ 10:56 pm

    Good article! I know how I struggled for years and also know now that I could have made my journey shorter to this level. or maybe not. You have to have fun in what you do and feel free in what to make.
    Thank you!
    Regards Edo

    • Angela Fehr
      April 15, 2017 @ 9:59 am

      I feel that way sometimes too – how I did everything the hardest way to get to the level I’m at now. I don’t know, maybe everyone’s journey looks longer than it should be! Finding that place where it’s fun, and recognizing that I am free to do whatever I want when I paint, now that’s exciting!

  5. Robyn
    April 14, 2017 @ 12:15 am

    Thank you Angela for an excellent article. I am a beginner and your article and encouragement is appreciated. Thank you for reminding me of what is important in this journey.

    • Angela Fehr
      April 15, 2017 @ 10:03 am

      You are so welcome! Writing this reminds me that we are not alone. In whatever we are learning, we need to be patient with ourselves.

  6. Regine
    April 14, 2017 @ 3:43 am

    Thank you, ANgela, for these words. I just needed to read them because I just crossed a hollow in my motivation.

    • Angela Fehr
      April 15, 2017 @ 10:02 am

      I’ve learned that when I am struggling and nothing is turning out, to have faith. I usually try to repeat, “I’m in a learning phase, and a breakthrough is right around the corner.” So far, it has proven true, every time.

  7. Diane Talts
    April 14, 2017 @ 3:53 am

    You wrote those words just for me. Thanks for the encouragement, you give me renewed determination.

    • Angela Fehr
      April 15, 2017 @ 10:01 am

      I’m so glad! We are all in this together!

  8. Dede Fitzpatrick
    April 14, 2017 @ 12:15 pm

    Hi Angela…you really tuned into my doubts and fears. I am still “collecting” many techniques, artwork I love and try to incorporate them into my work. At this stage (only a year) into watercolour, I know I love it and that is the motivation that prompts me to pick up the brushes. I just get the zen of it…so not too overly worried about perfection, but I accept that I will be a life-long learner…and I embrace that.

    • Angela Fehr
      April 15, 2017 @ 10:01 am

      Yes! With watercolour, especially when you are learning, there’s a battle to get it to do what you want it to do. So if you are also fighting with yourself and your own expectations, it can be very disheartening. Embracing your journey and giving the learning process room to happen is very freeing.

  9. Evelyn Skidmore
    April 17, 2017 @ 10:47 am

    Great article Angela…

  10. Heidi Wagner
    April 17, 2017 @ 3:18 pm

    Angela, this was so beautiful and refreshing to read. I, like Manny, have taken the plunge and I have felt so much frustration but I keep at it because it is something that I want to get better at. As I look forward to taking my first in person watercolor class this weekend I look back and realize how lost I was when I started two or three years ago and how far I have come just by watching your videos. Thank you for encouraging us all to keep going.

    • Angela Fehr
      April 29, 2017 @ 1:58 pm

      It’s important to look back, isn’t it? We get so busy looking ahead at how far we want to go, we forget how far we’ve come. I hope you had a wonderful time in your workshop and are spurred to new ideas as you process all you’ve learned.

  11. Marion Berkhout
    April 18, 2017 @ 4:34 am

    Thnx.

  12. Scott Miller
    April 22, 2017 @ 12:43 am

    I came across your YouTube site as a recommendation while watching Mind of a Watercolorist and decide to check your site out since your site kept coming up. I enjoy your site very much and also follow your Facebook page also and your live broadcast when I can. I just turned 54 on April 13th, but this is the 1st I’ve been to your website. I started painting in high school back in the ’70s and it was acrylic which was just getting popular for beginners. My early youth I grew up at the base of Mt.Rainer then moved to the Midwest, but life being as it is I end up back in the Seattle area to finish H.S. My new art teacher said I needed to try something new and said do watercolor! Never had I thought of or even wanted to,I did acrylic only! Do it or your out of art class was my option, so I did it and never looked back! I became obsessed with it and devoured all I could learn which was much harder back then. I was heavily influenced by Asian watercolor and tried mastering their style. Well life went on and I wet to college, got a job,got married and raised a family all which led to me to stop painting. Years went by and I became disabled due to a nasty accident. The first few were really rough,my wife kept trying to get me to go back and paint. I refused,it had been so long and I had lost some hand movement due to the accident. Finally I gave in and tried for about 3 months and quit in frustration! A few more years go by and bless my wife says try watching this guy I saw on YouTube,which I did and that’s how I found you. You’ve helped change my whole attitude and I’m painting again. So all you struggling new folks,do it for yourself cause you enjoy it,without mistakes and challenging yourself you’ll miss out on so much. Thank you for teaching this grumpy old man to enjoy doing what I’ve always loved,my wife and children thank you to! Sorry so long, hope this will help some of you out there,just do it at the level you can afford! Thank You Angel!!!

    • Angela Fehr
      April 29, 2017 @ 1:52 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing your story, Scott! Sometimes I feel like I was so slow to realize the joy of just painting for my own happiness (of course, as a career artist it can be hard not to get sucked into thinking only of what others want to see) and I’m so glad you are enjoying painting for the love of it! I wish you many happy years ahead, playing with this beautiful medium.

  13. Connie
    April 27, 2017 @ 4:19 pm

    Angela, please do not review products that are not for sale. The Viviva watercolor sheets page is asking for money to support their production. Nothing for sale. We need to be careful with these sites.