By Diane Rice
The DuPont Historical Museum is hosting a quarterly local artist showcase. This September through November the museum is showcasing beautiful watercolor paintings by Bridget King. The museum is now open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Interested in displaying your art? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I grew up in the U.K. primarily, then went to university in the United States, followed by eight years of active duty service in Germany where I met my husband. I have spent many more years as a spouse and mother of two boys living in Minneapolis, Korea, back in Germany, Chicago, and finally Washington State for the third time, where I currently work as speech pathologist.
I had escaped into watercolor to paint flowers when I became gardenless in Seoul, Korea. Painting flowers helped me cope with the loss of my garden; sometimes we moved and a garden just wasn’t a possibility, but it was my peace, and I had to search for something else. In Seoul, I found a Korean teacher painting flowers and took up the brush in a near wordless class where the teacher’s intent was for us to “see.” Now I find I can join an art family in Korea or Germany, and probably any other country I may land in, using a language of friendship, where words and syllables are composed of color and brushstrokes, no translation necessary.
Unlike oils or acrylic, in watercolor there is some fear. You can only rarely correct errors; even a master can lose a picture in seconds to a drop of too much water, but such an “error” can also turn an average picture into a breathtaking masterpiece. You learn quickly you have to let go, accept loss, and rejoice in “happy accidents”–it becomes a way of seeing the world. When a work is complete and right, it brings a complete peace and contentment.