The third thing I wish I knew is that charging a Tesla would be annoying at first. When you first buy a Tesla, you will have constant range anxiety. During our first road trips, we kept searching for charge points just to be safe in terms of range.
Terrific article and told in an engaging way. I guess so many of us love the charm of old homes. So many things cannot be replicated, but these are wonderful points to investigate before getting into something unmanageable! BTW, yes, I found you on OKL. It works. Love your instagram! Gorgeous photography!
We started this blog about 7 months after I moved to Costa Rica and I do wish we had started before I left. I would have loved to have kept a record of my progress since moving here and of our relationship.
Be cautious of people trying to sell you things or offering services on the street. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.Do your research before you go and only book tours with reputable companies.Things I Wish I Knew Before Going to Costa Rica: Getting Around38. Public TransportPublic transportation is very good in Costa Rica! The main form of long-distance travel is by bus. There are two main companies, Tica Bus and Gray Line.Both are comfortable with air conditioning and reclining seats. You can buy tickets online or at the station. Just show up about 30 minutes before your bus is scheduled to leave.
When you first start riding there's a lot to learn. Don't base your expectations on the movies, find out what most riders wish someone had told them before they bought their first motorcycle. Plus, scroll to the bottom for links to resources.
It is always great to talk to the longtimers because they really have stories to tell. In the end, we chat about what we love and what we wish we knew before full time RVing. Here is a compilation of those stories.
Very good article. It seems that one needs to be online for a few years before buying and going full-time. There are excellent RV forums online that you should join years before buying or heading out.
Thank you very much for your blog and articles and passed on your lessons. I learned a lot from them. I wish that I have read them before booking Gate 1 Morocco tour. Now, we are trying to squeeze in what we learned from you and adapted it to our tour.
I enjoyed reading your article. I just started watercoloring a few months ago. It's completely different from acrylics. I have a lot more to learn, but I do so enjoy it. I think there's a freedom with watercolor that's not with oil or acrylics. I'm an old great grandma and love creating different things in different venue's. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. You're a talented young lady and I wish you well with your painting. God bless you.
Cheri, I'm very glad that you found my post helpful! These are definitely things that I wish someone had explained to me as well. It would have saved me a lot of time, supplies and frustration!Watercolor is a tricky medium for sure, but stick with it and you'll get to where you want to be.Thank you for reading and taking time to comment! I hope to see you back here later. :)
Hi Jlo,Muddy colors can definitely be a struggle and can ruin the whole painting! I've really found keeping a limited color palette extremely helpful. Not only does it diminish muddy colors from happening, but it makes a painting look much more harmonious overall and professional-looking (in my opinion). Making time to plan colors before starting a watercolor piece is one of the best things I've trained myself to do, for sure!Thanks so much for taking time to comment and for visiting my site! Do let me know how your artwork progresses. :)
Hi, Meghan!Thanks so much for checking out this post. :) So glad you found some helpful nuggets in it. You're SO right! Watercolors are tricky. A lot of people actually consider them to be the hardest painting medium to master and this has a lot to do with all of the variables which can affect both our working process as well as the final outcome of the piece (room temperature/humidity/type & quality of paper and paint, etc.). But also because mistakes cannot be covered up with another layer of paint as we can do with opaque painting mediums like acrylics and oils, as the medium is transparent!Because of these things I always like doing at least of planning beforehand, to think about the specific techniques I'm going to be using in different areas throughout the piece (wet-on-wet/wet-on-dry/etc.) to achieve the effects that I'm looking for. Also, if I'm going to be doing any layering, I always need to have a strategy so that I can allow layers to dry in between. Even though watercolor paper is intended for this medium, it's important to remember that it is still paper and, by allowing it to dry, it regains its strength.Going in with a strategy and then allowing yourself to let go during the process is key, I feel. And, of course, patience is also super important with any kind of art.I wish you tons of enjoyment and improvement in your journey with watercolor!Erika
Hi Erika!Thank you for a very insightful and informative article. I'm new to watercolors; actually I'm new to almost every artform.About ten years ago, I got into the adult coloring craze. I started with the basic supplies and before I knew it I had amassed a large collection of coloring books and artist grade supplies. I traded in my cheap student grade supplies and invested in quality supplies. I own everything from colored pencils to markers, gel pens and everything in between in brands such as Copic, Prismacolor, etc.I watched lots of videos and read/studied lots of books to learn advanced coloring techniques until I was satisfied. Fast forward to 2018 and I started seeing calligraphy, hand lettering, and brush lettering everywhere on social media. I love markers and I've always been told I have good handwriting so I thought I'd give it a try. It took me almost two years, but I finally mastered it. Now, I'm at the point where I'm starting to play with watercolors to use as backgrounds for my calligraphy and lettering projects. I've learned how to do some basic washes using watercolor paints as well as brushmarkers and waterbrush pens.Now I've run into a couple of problems, the first one is that I don't have a background in art. When you mentioned that artists need to have a basic understanding of the fundamentals of art, I nearly cried. I love the washes I've been able to create with watercolor and I'd just started imaging how much I'd love to really learn how to paint with watercolors, especially abstract art or landscapes.That's when I remembered my second obstacle - I can't draw to save my life! I'm lucky if I can draw a stick figure. This has already been a problem for me. The art of handlettering requires the ability to draw each letter and combine different fonts, often in different shapes, to achieve the end result. Since I can't draw, I'm limited to the art of calligraphy using a dip pen, brush marker, or watercolor paints (I'm still learning how to write with actual watercolors). Ironically, my youngest son (now grown up and married) has been able to draw since he could hold a pencil. He used to pause the cartoons when he was little and draw them. He can draw anything! I tried to convince him to go into graphic design but he joined the Air Force, probably because my husband and I and our other two sons were also military). He still draws as a hobby, but we've never been able to figure out where he gets his talent from. It's definitely not from me or his dad! But I digress...How can I aspire to be a watercolor artist if I can't draw I've tried. I've watched videos and read books and tried to learn how to draw the same way I learned how to do calligraphy with dip pens, brush markers, and watercolors, which isn't easy as a lefty, by the way!The only way I can think of to get around this is to transfer drawings to watercolor paper since I'm not capable of drawing. But I feel that limits me greatly. And at the very least, I still have to learn the basic fundamentals of art that you mentioned. I'm starting to think my dream of creating beautiful watercolor paintings is unattainable. I don't suppose you have any suggestionsVery respectfully,Amanda
Hi, Amanda!Firstly, thanks SO much for checking out this blog post and also for taking time to leave such an insightful comment. It truly means the world that you shared so much with me. Second, I just want to acknowledge the work and effort you've put into your art practice, and congratulate you for keeping on with it over time. It says a lot about how passionate you are about art, but also how you're willing to prioritize and work hard on what's important to you. Drawing, in my opinion, is the basis for all kinds of art. I consider myself primarily a painter more than a \"draw-er\" and love a more expressive/painterly quality rather than hyperrealistic works of any kind, but I acknowledge the fact that keeping a sketching habit is fundamental, and that it's through drawing and sketching that we get to develop our knowledge of many important Art Fundamentals such as 3D form, perspective, value and more. Drawing is super important for anyone that's looking to create original art, especially more believable representational artwork (though knowledge of the fundamentals such as Elements and Principles of Art as well as Composition are essential even for abstract artists). This is why, whenever I start with a new student, I always start by covering the fundamentals via drawing. And if she/he is eager to start painting, we work on both sketching and painting simultaneously. And even then, I encourage them to keep on with their sketching practice over time, just like I like doing.In my many years teaching and developing my own skills, I've seen how knowing how to draw and understanding the fundamentals impacts your painting positively, and it shows when people don't take time to learn them, no matter what style they have or what medium they use. Now, having said all this, I 100% believe that anyone can learn to draw. Just like your son, I had no artists or even creatives in my family and my mom was also confused as to how I obtained these skills. No one is born knowing how to draw or paint. It's just that people who learn faster are perhaps more visual or observe intensely, and are so interested since a younger age that their observational skills and fine motor skills sharpen faster as they continue practicing. But it's like a muscle that gets strengthened over time, through practice and attention. My drawings initially were terrible! They got better and better over time as I embraced the phase I was at and continued taking action. I knew that it was a process and that, as long as I kept going, I was only going to get better and better. It takes years and years for people to become \"masters\" at anything, and even then, there's always going to be room for improvement. There is no finish line.What's important is to enjoy the learning journey!You CAN learn how to draw, Amanda! It's just that you probably haven't been taught how. I've gotten students who cannot draw anything at all or have never tried to draw anything beyond a smiley face before, to painting full scenes using their freehand preliminary sketches in less than a year. As a \"self-taught artist\" (I don't think anyone's really self-taught as we all learn from others via videos, books, courses, etc.-but you know what I mean), you DO have to be smart about how you move through your learning journey, though, because it's very easy to skip over important steps. What I would suggest is to create a learning curriculum for yourself. Look up \"Art Fundamentals\" on Google, or \"What are Art Fundamentals\", or something along those lines, so that you can come up with a list of fundamentals to cover, at least on a basic level. You'll find that certain artists consider more topics to be fundamentals and others less, but there will be a core of topics (look for the ones that repeat in all your resources), and either look into them or invest in courses. Here are a few that I always cover with students: Elements and Principles of Art, 3D Form and Perspective, Light Behavior, Basic Anatomy, Composition.What a lot of beginners fail to understand is that learning technique or learning how to use a drawing or painting medium, is different from learning the fundamentals and working through the whole creative process (what I like to refer to as a \"project mentality\"). All of these go hand-in-hand and, though learning and practice, they will prepare you to create original art consistently. That's it for now, Amanda! If you have anything else to share with me, feel free to contact me via email (email@example.com).I hope this was helpful in some way. I'm sorry that my post made you want to cry. I assure you, this wasn't my intention. I feel honesty is important and through understanding certain things, as well as moving forward in a more practical way, your progress will come much sooner. Have a great day and take good care! 59ce067264