I'm continuing my study of plants and flowers with the watercolour medium because I'm finding them to be a very relaxing and pleasureable subject matter for exploring watercolours. It may be a bit cliche but my teacher recently made a very interesting point about the gravity of subject matter. He's not one to put down challenging subject matter but he doesn't see the problem with depicting beauty when there is so much hardship in the world. For him, painting is an escape from it, which we all need from time to time. All that matters to him is that it's a good painting. I'll add by saying that it should also be fun.
Hope everyone is having a happy Easter Weekend. ~Christine