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Watercolor is, indeed, my medium (check a recent blog post on this topic) Why Watercolor? I have talked about how I love pen & ink with watercolor. It might not be much of "a change of pace", but it seems to me a HUGE change in style.

This idea began when the owner of Heather a Boutique in downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia had a quick chat with me while I visited her shop. Heather wondered whether some of the iconic sites in this historic district could be the subject of some of my greeting cards, maybe with Christmas motifs.

The thought stayed in my head for months, pushed back by the strange intervention of Covid-19. Heather's shop was one of so many in Fredericksburg that had to shut its doors in mid-March and continued to do so into the summer months. Like many shop owners, she had to come up with creative ways of selling her wares remotely, by phone, or email, and/or appointments. It's been very hard on the independent shops.

Now to my revelation: Why not just pick a place, take a picture, pick up a pen, and start.

The result is quite striking, at least to my eye. Architecture has never been my strong suit. The curves of flowers and birds keep my arm loose and accidents can be quickly adapted with the touch of some paint to the affected boo-boo.

The straight, bold, perspective lines of buildings and facades are unforgiving. "Oops" cannot happen with a pen or ruler. Can I do this? Yes. Yes, I can.

First, came the photographs. A foray down to Fredericksburg on a lovely day gave me at least three different places to dive into. I knew well enough not to do this on a Saturday afternoon. Even during the lockdown in March and April,

people were bound to be out walking their dogs along the tree-lined sidewalks.

Camera at the ready, I found parking spots (Fredericksburg is notoriously hard to park your car, and you had better beware: the local police might just mark your tires, and come back to boot that same tire if you haven't moved in the allotted time frame).

Here are the results:

Left to right:

As you can see, this is a change from the fluid and soft style of my many watercolors. The jump to try my hand at architectural drawing is, indeed, a change. Isn't it nice to "shake it up" sometimes? It can be scary, yet refreshing.

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Updated: Oct 15

Meet the Artist. The place where I introduce YOU to an artist through a "virtual" interview via a set of questions. Let's begin.

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  • Who are you and what is your background?

Hi there! My name is Anne Corr - I live in Nottingham, England which is about as far from the sea as you can get in the U.K. ! Unfortunately, as I love the sea. I have a husband and grown-up children, and an adorable rescue dog - if a bit needy. I enjoy living at home because for fifteen years we lived a two-county existence which demanded a lot of travel.

  • What is your favorite medium?

That is tricky - I move in and out but currently, I enjoy working from the pc and designing surface pattern design. I use Photoshop a lot and work with both photographs and images from past masters.

I have a strange condition called aphantasia which means I have no means of visualizing -- so my memory is non-visual too. I cannot recall people's faces (even my son's!) or places that I have been. I rely on what I see around me to create. (It can be difficult for others

to get used to. I live very much in the present as I don't recall a great deal). I used to paint much more than I do now. I may get back to that, but when I worked away from home I became interested in using images digitally for ease of workflow, as much as anything.

  • Has your practice changed over time?

I change constantly. I have a great love of literature and words, so those infiltrate what I do (see my blog to believe me!), I create handmade books that reflect my curiosity in literature, the arts, and nature. I love the physicality of making my handmade books, playing with creating new covers, new end pages, new wraps -- my handmade work is not particularly lucrative as is very time-consuming -- but the rewards are fantastic --it grounds me and creates reflective, thinking-time.

  • What do you most enjoy painting?

I love the natural world, particularly botanical illustration. I love going back to art history

and reworking it for more contemporary decoration. I also enjoy painting from my own

photography. This is a direction that I am attracted to at the moment. I created some digital paintings from a holiday in Cornwall that I enjoyed, and I spend a lot of time in Scotland because of the landscape there. [see ]

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  • What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

I started my working life very early, at 14 (spare time) in a sweet shop! I spent time in retail jewellery, then a management training course at M&S -- it wasn't for me. I worked in a printed packaging company for about 13 years before I had children. It connected me to a love of graphics.

  • What food, drink, or song inspires you?

Wine, wine, and more wine!! I will interrupt it with a cheese break now and again - whilst listening to the Waterboys or Van Morrison! The Waterboys are my go-to when I am working at the p.c.

  • What has been your favorite response to your work?

Being told I am a 'Renaissance woman'!!!

I am often really moved when I read messages from my customers, particularly from [modestly] Etsy. My books get wonderful responses, and it makes my world very much more connected when someone tells me that my work has had particular meaning for them. It is the fuel to my creating more.

  • Professionally, what is your goal?

To improve. I constantly want to create better, both in my hand-crafted books and in my surface pattern designs. I look to new outlets, and wonderfully have started to sell limited edition prints locally, as well as moving into fabric design at Spoonflower - Designs by anipani

  • What's your best piece of advice for someone who wants to get started as an artist?

Play...try anything that sparks an interest in you, and practice a lot! There will be frustration involved in making anything, but the process itself brings rewards. It is a wonderful way of living a meaningful life. Failure is part of the process - and only helps you learn more.

Thank you, Anne. Your artwork is just wonderful. I am sure that you will have many new visitors to your sites.

For more of Anne's work here are her links:

Etsy: modestly Handmade books, prints, and cards

Society6: Designs on prints and products

Blog: Books, art, and life

Pinterest: Gallery of her pins

Displate: collections

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Meet the Artist - Anne Corr

Updated: Oct 5

I discovered my "talent" as an artist in third grade. The nuns were always praising my drawings. By middle school and high school I was always taking an art related course as an elective. And by college I chose Graphic Arts as my major in a two-year college, fine arts as my Bachelor degree, and Art History as my Master's degree.

Teaching is a different entity in which to work. Loved it, but I spent most of my time making lesson plans, gathering materials for those lessons, and helping other teachers with their bulletin boards. There never seemed to be enough time to "make art" for myself.

Enter many more years. I worked in a few private museums. After grad school, I got a job at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, CT. Then, I met my husband and started a new life in Virginia.

I'm a believer in "right place, right time." I've never been afraid of technology, even as I learn as I go (which can be a slow process). I'm willing to try new things. This thing called Twitter came along and the first person that I followed was Dr. Bertice Berry. I had heard her speak at a Creative Memories Convention in 2005. For those that don't know her, she is an amazing woman, a soulful soul, an inspiration who was born to lift all those she comes in contact with, if that person is willing. This was her tweet: "If you could do something new and different what would it be?" I replied: "Illustrate a children's book".

Within the hour I heard from her directly. The plan began. We have become kindred souls. When I knew that I had to start painting to prepare for this new adventure as a book illustrator, I knew that I must hone my skills with watercolor. I fell in love with the wonderful medium. People will say it's hard. Yes, it can be unforgiving but I love the "happy, little accidents" a la, Bob Ross.

Here I am. Let me paint in watercolor. The first painting that I did was this owl.

I titled the painting

"The Less He Spoke", after

an English nursery rhyme.

I found myself passionately loving this medium of watercolor paint. Watercolor (or watercolour) goes back to ancient times. I love the luminous, translucent quality. I love the fluid, sometimes unexpected, way the paint moves along with the brush to create colors that are alive and bright with possibilities.

You can check my blog posts on the art supplies that I recommend:

Paint and Brushes / Paper

Here are samples of my watercolor images. You can find more at any of my POD stores: Society6, Redbubble, or Zazzle. Feel free to check an additional gallery at my home page.

If you have read my blogs you know my subject matter: nature, animals, birds, flowers, insects and anything that delights my eye, and I hope those that view my paintings. I say paintings, but I add pen and ink to many of my works. I speak to the joy of the mediums together in Pen, Ink and Watercolor.

I use various techniques which are more easily seen, rather than written about, and you can watch these videos on Annie Mason's YouTube channel. If you visit, please LIKE any videos that you do watch, and SUBSCRIBE to my channel so that you can see more watercolor videos. Most are very short.

For those of you who might be thinking about starting out with watercolor painting here are some of my recommendations. Opinions are my own.

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Back to my story of Dr. Bertice Berry and me. Our collaboration as author and illustrator is very close to being completed. I will be writing more about this when it is available to the public. It is, indeed, "right place, right time", and it is VERY EXCITING.

Check Dr. Berry's Facebook page.

For now, if you know someone who has a desire to paint consider gifting one of the books that I have recommended above. Sometimes it's just the right thing to give that young person a little nudge. Like the response to Dr. Berry's tweet. If I had not "acted" with an answer to her tweet question I could never have called myself a book illustrator.

Here's a sneak peek:

"When You Walk with Purpose, You Collide with Destiny" ~ Dr. Bertice Berry

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