I have been wanting to take an online watercolor class with Jane DeFazio but always missed the deadline. I’m certain this is no coincidence—I have a case of “fear of drawing” (it’s the blank page) and an irrational fear of drawing in public. What could be safer than an online course, right? The delivery of instruction (pdf files, videos, posting) is stupendous and I learned a lot from watching her videos. Still, it took me 3 hours to do the first watercolor because I kept finding things to do: laundry, another cup of tea, walking the dog, cleaning out my pen drawer, and vacuuming the entry closet. Stuff like that. When I finally finished, I was surprised that the painting wasn’t so bad and I actually enjoyed the process. I needed to give it a second go so I got out my props (lime, tangelo, pear) and supplies and headed to a PUBLIC PLACE!! No one laughed. Actually no one looked and I happily slipped into that right brain mode with my fruit and coffee latte so it wouldn’t have made any difference if they were snorterling over the lady in the corner with her table of fruit because I wouldn’t have noticed them! How liberating that was. And here I am posting it on my blog because if I can do this, anyone can. This class is Sketching and Watercolor: Journal Style. I would recommend any class of hers. OK. I’m a week behind so it’s on to drawing leaves next. Stay tuned.