The Benefits of a Good Workshop

Peonies in a Mason Jar painted by Sherry Meidell in a Sarah Yeoman Workshop

Usually I’m not afraid to put paint to paper but at the Sarah Yeoman Workshop, I stood there looking at my painting and debated. I’ve read to all my students the quotes from the “Art and Fear” book, but I had just put down a free watercolor painting of peonies and a nice, free rendering of the mason jar. I was pleased with the results. It was on a half sheet of watercolor paper. Everything had gone right from the sketch to the color choices. Now Sarah was asking me to put in a background in a way I had never done before and I was worried my whole painting would end up in the toilet. There is that moment of hesitation …………and then I went for it.

I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. Courage, experimenting, and learning things from other amazing artists can cause a continued growth in your watercolor painting. Membership in a Society of other artists can provide opportunities for workshops and demos. The workshop with Sarah Yeoman was provided through the Utah Watercolor Society. Sarah gave it her all. Even though it was over zoom, there was a connection with the teacher and the students. The background added emotion and freedom to the painting.

So painting watercolors is a part of being an artist. Sometimes you have to be in front of the camera. My paintings were hung at City Hall while I was gone with my husband on our mission to BYU Hawaii. I was supposed to talk about my art at a meeting where the city was invited. But due to covid restrictions West Bountiful City recorded the story behind some of my paintings. Here is the link for that video:

Utah Watercolor Society

Sarah Yeoman Website

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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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2 Responses to The Benefits of a Good Workshop

  1. margo cook says:

    Hi Sherry,

    I’m wondering how I can access Sarah’s Day 2 and Day3 on Youtube. I got her email giving me the information for Day 1 but I didn’t get the other two days. I would especially like to watch the peonies and background lesson again. Yours is amazing!



  2. Thanks Margo I’ll see what I can find.

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