Thanks to social media, I fell in love with colored pencil, I quickly joined Facebook art groups and became familiar with many artists and styles. I was amazed at how artists were able to build up rich colors, textures, and details. I was amazed at how colored pencils can mimic paint. I felt it would be perfect for my landscapes- waterfalls, canyons, and creeks. I was determined to learn and so I did. I taught myself.
I starting researching the internet. I carefully looked at images, paying attention to all of the details. I watched YouTube videos and I chatted with colored pencil artists. I bookmarked artist websites and signed up for newsletters and emails so I knew when their website was updated. I loved learning how far one can push the medium.
Then, I started practicing and practicing. I took my small sketchbook with me to the bus stop, to work, and on car trips. I practiced layering colors. I practiced seeing how many layers of wax the paper could take. I practiced creating the colors I remember in all of the journeys I have taken.
I have had a lot of fun learning. It was just as fun as the journeys I have taken if not more.