This is an offshoot of my foray into watercolors. I had signed up for a drawing course with Matthias Adolfsson, and he introduced me to the necessity of a sketchbook. In another course, by Alicia Aradilla, she introduced me to concept of the watercolor travel journal. In two more courses by Felix Scheinberger and by Lapin, the concepts were reinforced and the idea of urban sketching was incorporated into my journaling.
All of these influential teachers gave me a sense of direction in watercolors. I did not have to create large masterpieces with commercial aims, but I was given permission to create miniature watercolor paintings for my own joy, I was taught a way to go more deeply into my travel experiences, and I could continue to challenge myself in developing skills in this new medium.