Last week, I taught a three-day portrait-painting watercolor workshop in Grand Rapids, MN. Several students had not painted people — heads, faces, features — before. And one student had only taken a single painting lesson before signing up for the class. I was impressed by how each student tackled the subject and put thought behind her brush strokes, used color, and created shapes — resulting in well-done watercolor portraits. They were a confident, creative, fun, intelligent, hard-working group of painters — an inspiration to one another and to me.