Susan Garrington


(posted on 15 Dec 2023)

At this point in our Christmas preparations I began to strongly identify with one of our tree ornaments.

So I decided a break was in order and sat quietly, a cup of tea in hand with no media distractions and just let my mind wander. Eventually I thought about a question I had heard recently. It was, “Why do you paint?” I arrived at several answers but the most interesting one to me was I paint because my kindergarten teacher was Miss Fox.

She set up a variety of activities which we rotated through. Some changed weekly, others remained longer. The one that captured my attention was the painting easel with a huge piece of newsprint and several bottles each containing a brush and paint. This was the activity I wanted to go to immediately, but I had to wait my turn. What seemed like years but more likely days passed and finally it was my turn.

I will never forget the sheer joy I felt as i put brush to paper. This is why I paint. The joy of paint on paper, the colours, the feel of the brush as it glides over the surface of the paper, the sound the water makes when I clean my brush….they are all part of the magic and wonder that is, for me, painting with watercolour.

if you paint or create with any medium, why do you do it?

Last month I promised to reveal what I have been working on in my studio. It is a series I am calling Time In A Bottle. Today I am showing you #6 in this series, “Save Every Day”.

In closing, I wish you and your family a wonder filled Christmas, one with colours and music and fond memories as well as one bringing new experiences that fill you with joy.

Merry Christmas.

Thanks, as always, for your continuing support and encouragement. Love hearing from you.