Melanie April Houten. It was a good exercise for me to make colour swatches and get a feel for using paints again. I discovered Melanie on one of Anne Butera's series on sketchbook conversations. Reading the sketchbook conversations is a highlight of my week as I know that they always manage to spark my interest and imagination.
It is wonderful to paint - not for an end product particularly - but to just blend paints on the paper and see what special effects emerge. I have missed painting and should really get back to it even if only as a meditative exercise. I can imagine playing some magical sounding flute or haunting Celtic music as I blend the paint and water across the page. It is a wonderful form of mindful relaxation!
If you are looking for a hobby, I would definitely recommend watercolour painting. You do not need a lot of materials to start out: a watercolour paper pad, a small pan of paints or a few tubes and a couple of paint brushes. They needn't be the best quality when starting out. Just get a feel for using the materials. Wet the paper and then drop on colours and see what happens! It is addictive!