Learning From One of the Greats

Osral Allred at the Utah Watercolor Society (sketch by Sherry Meidell)

I wanted to title this post “Learning From the Masters” but I thought that Osral Allred would not consider himself a master. He demonstrated at the Utah Watercolor Society on Tuesday night. Osral and Carl Purcell taught art classes down at Snow College for years and both men have a great knowledge of watercolor. Osral covered some of the basics but he taught things that I had never heard before, things that are important in creating good paintings. One of the things that Osral said was “it takes a long time to know yourself”.

So we as artists spend a lot of time learning our craft. We take workshops and read books. We strive for some unreachable quality in our art.  Do we spend too much time trying to become someone else? How do we gain the confidence to venture out and create our own art. A lot of it is just that, creating, experimenting and seeing what works for us and why.

Part of what I learned from Osral was learned by watching him paint. There is a thought process and then a confident laying down of the color with the brush. It’s a process that can’t be rushed. Even when he wiped out an unwanted area, he did it with confidence. Is the confidence what makes us masters at our craft? Is it having the patience and taking the time to create? I’ll let you know the answer when I become as masterful as Osral Allred. (Osral may be teaching some workshops down in Spring City. Be on the look out. You can learn from one of the Masters)


About Sherry Meidell

Sherry Meidell is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society Western Federation Watercolor Society and the Utah Watercolor Society. She loves to paint with watercolor whether she is painting pictures or illustrating children's picture books. She is a member of SCBWI. Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
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