Turns out an old girl CAN learn new tricks.

Real Estate Agent with Solid Source Realty GA 320764

I've had quite a few interesting work experiences on my way to entering the real estate industry. Real estate has been a late life career addition for me. In fact, most people who know me, knew me first and foremost as a performing artist (actress, singer, stage director and teaching artist). 

But even those who have known me since "way back when" may not know about this childhood interest that has been recently revived in  my life: I'm learning to paint.

I've always liked to doodle and draw. As a teen, I did my Saturday morning chores on Friday night, so I could spend my Saturday mornings taking an all-city art class at the Carnegie in Pittsburgh. But then I went to college and had to declare a major and  make some choices about where to invest my time. I decided on theater arts and political science...and the love of drawing was eventually crowded out of my life. Until now.

On my sixty-fourth birthday, I received a few gifts of money and used them to buy myself some brushes, pens and paper, and for the first time took up watercolor painting! I am in love with watercolors.

Elva by a winding creek


Painting, I've discovered is a whole different ball game from drawing. And watercolor is much more challenging than any other type of paint, especially for a controlling, detail-tweaking, write -and-rewrite personal like me. Watercolor requires the artist to approach every painting with an open mind, ready to accept what the medium may dictate. We can't erase watercolor like we can erase an errant pencil stroke, and usually cannot paint over a mistake like we could with the tempura paints we used way back when I was in school. Watercolor paint often seems to possess a mind of it's own when applied to the paper,  compelling the artist to approach an idea loosely and go with the flow, literally. I find it wonderfully freeing!

 rocking horse still life

So, here I am, sharing with you something that few eyes have ever or will ever behold: watercolor art by Elva. All I can say about it is, I am having loads of fun and wish I had even more time to explore this exciting new avenue of expression.



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Shahar Hillel
Augusta Financial Inc. - Stevenson Ranch, CA
Mortgage Consultant, Loan Officer.

Elva you have a lot of talent.

Great paintings.

"Better late than never" as the phrase goes.

Have a great weekend.

Aug 25, 2017 12:26 PM #1
Lee Keadle
Carolina One Real Estate - Charleston, SC
Keadle Real Estate Group

I always enjoy seeing watercolor painting because my aunt does watercolor.  I spent a good bit of time watching her paint when I was growing up.  Thanks for sharing!

Aug 25, 2017 12:27 PM #2
Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

Elva Branson-Lee I have always had a desire to draw, but have never taken the time to really learn proper technique.  I applaud your work.  It looks very rewarding.  I never given much thought about correcting a mistake in water color.  My favorite is the woman by the river.  Is that a self portrait? 

Aug 25, 2017 07:37 PM #3
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Elva, what beautiful paintings, and you do have the knack.    I am sure this helps with stress in real estate!

Aug 27, 2017 08:43 AM #4
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

How beautiful! And I love to hear the excitement in your words. It's evident you have found something that stimulates you!

Aug 27, 2017 11:09 AM #5
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

Ahhh . . .  a hidden talent, that may not be 'hidden' for much longer - nice, Elva Branson-Lee!  The self-portrait is very beautiful, and I can see where watercolors can have a mind of their own, though your control and colors are beautiful.  Keep painting . . .  thank you for sharing!! 

Aug 27, 2017 02:36 PM #6
Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop
RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker - Chelan, WA
A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990!

Wow Elva Branson-Lee you are truly talented! I love water colors and painting. I'm not goot in any way shape or form, but for me it's not about the outcome, but the experience. As I get older, I'd like to continue to explore many forms of creative expression. It's so liberating isn't it?

Aug 28, 2017 08:39 PM #7
Madison Saxton

I am proud of you Cuz. Beautiful work.

Aug 31, 2017 03:29 AM #8
Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

Elva, I get lost when I create art.  Time just disappears.  I know what you mean about watercolor painting.  I tend to use oil paints, because of my frustration with not being able to redo anything with water colors.  You have talent.

Aug 31, 2017 06:46 AM #9
Kathryn Acciari
Century 21 Real Estate - Shrewsbury, MA
Brand Ambassador and Business Coach

Elva, your work is positively stunning. Thank you for sharing it with us, and keep posting your paintings for us to enjoy. What a wonderful journey!

Aug 31, 2017 08:23 AM #10
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Elva, love your art work, keep in mind my Grandfather never worked for a living he made his money selling his paintings in the 1930's-1950's...and my mother painted just to give them as gifts to people... so I have a soft spot for artists...Endre

Sep 02, 2017 11:28 PM #11
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