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It never ceases to amaze me that a teacher is often taught by her students. On my first night of watercolor class this year a student asked, “You mean we have to do a drawing first?”. I think I answered something like I’d prefer that you did so you have a guide to follow while you learn to use the techniques and manage the water. That question nagged at me. Then I viewed a post on watercolor bubbles by June Malone. She had practiced using her new watercolors by painting bubbles. I saw no graphite in her images. I set aside time to try painting in watercolor without drawing first. I chose flowers and concentrated on painting the shapes I observed. In order to stay organized as I painted, I worked the composition from the center out, hoping I’d have something harmonious in the end. The above two paintings were painted without drawing, first.