Some weeks ago I spent some days in Venice. A little bit of vacation and then a 4,5 day watercolor class with a different teacher this time. Her way of teaching is quite different fom the way Albert Hoffmann teaches, but I really learned a lot.
While I realised that I had improved over the last years, I was not confident that I could paint on my own and not just copy the examples Albert painted in class or on our travels. I did not even try.
Ilona approached the whole class quite differently. We spent every morning of the first 4 days at the same place at Arsenale. We were asked to choose a motive, which we felt comfortable working with every day.
While the view along the riva towards the doges palace was fascinating, I felt that I would loose myself in the details and decided to choose a "simpler" motive of canal, bridge and buildings. We started out with a rather detailed and exact sketch which we colored with diluted indian ink, paying attention to light and shadow. What a disapointment:
This article I just read, might explain some of it too: Cure for the distracted mind.