By N. L.
Elizabeth Greaf is a wonderful and very knowledgeable teacher. She certainly knows
I began a watercolor class in September of 2005, where Elizabeth was the teacher. I had painted in oils for many years and had always wanted to learn watercolor, but was afraid. I was afraid because I felt that if one made a mistake, it would be over and the paper would have to be thrown out.
For my first watercolor, Elizabeth asked me to find a subject to paint that was simple. So I
chose a fall scene. When I began to paint it, I immediately got very frustrated and did not think I could do it, but Elizabeth was extremely patient and she encouraged me not to give up. She showed me many techniques and ways to accomplish my goal. She believed in me, and she felt that I could do it. So I stayed with it and when I finished, Elizabeth was very pleased and so was I.
After that painting, I got very enthusiastic and became more sure of myself, and in that year I was able to paint eleven watercolors. This semester I have begun another challenging watercolor painting. I feel that if it had not been for Elizabeth's patience, knowledge and positive thinking, I would probably have given up and gone back to painting in oils.
The classes with Elizabeth seem to go by very quickly. She has taught me a great deal about
watercolor painting and I am not afraid to paint in watercolor any longer