"Little Tippy the paintbrush awakes from his nap and heads off to wash his feet. Wet toes are not much fun so he gently wipes them on the side of the bathtub and then dries them on his towel. Tippy loves to play with colour and today blue has decided to come out and play. Blue is happy at first, swirling across the page, but soon he gets a little sad, he really wishes he had someone to play with. Tippy washes his toes again, gently wipes them on the side of the tub and dries them on his towel. When he is finished a new friend appears, it is yellow. Yellow is so happy, and excitedly joins blue on the page to play. The two colours have a fun time playing."
This is the little story I told Reece last week when we sat down for our wet on wet watercolour session, and above is the completed painting from that session. We have been doing wet on wet watercolour for about a year now, but lately I have really noticed a shift in his technique. There is a softness in how he holds the brush and a lighter quality in how he moves it across the page. There were many times over the last year I wanted to correct him, show him how to hold the brush, how to sweep it across the page, but I didn't. I just sat beside him, sharing a story about Tippy and painting on my own piece of watercolour paper. Hard sometimes yes, but the last month or so has been the payoff, watching his technique and style change, seeing how he works with the colours and how he takes the story and makes it his own on the paper, well, it has been pretty darn amazing!
This journey my little man is taking continues to amaze and inspire me in so many ways. I am so very happy to be along for the ride.