I’ve always wanted to paint with watercolors, but my first attempts ended in disaster. And that was before my disability. I never dreamed I could paint something worth looking at, especially since losing some use of my hands. Then I met Nicki Wight, watercolorist extraordinaire!
Nicki believed in me and took me in as one of her students. We’ve been painting together for about five months now. She encourages me, pushes me and has taught me that nothing’s impossible. I’ve learned which brushes work best for my limited dexterity and build up the handles with rubber bands to compensate for my weakened grip.
The end results aren’t too shabby. A few wobbly windows (my friend dubbed me the Wobbly Watercolorist), but even those are improving. I’m finding that painting has become a wonderful form of therapy, both mentally and for better hand control.
But most of all, it’s a whole lot of fun!