This lovely 23×31 watercolor painting of a canal I fell in love with in Venice is actually my first real attempt at watercolor painting. I’ve been talking about it for years. Buying paint and books about watercolor, talking to masters of the medium, but I have never built up the guts to give it a go. What if I screw it up and I’ve wasted all that paint and paper? What if I fail? Also, trying something new is different and hard and staying in my comfy safe space with oils and acrylic is very nice. It is a lesson about life as much as it is about art. We need to challenge ourselves more often. We need to grow. It’s wonderful how different subjects and mediums can influence one another to create something extraordinary. I’m not saying I am there yet but I’m not going to stand in my own way either. I am happily pleased with this piece. I think I shall attempt a watercolor portrait in the future.