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Watercolor...back in my life


This summer I re-discovered my love for watercolor. When I was a student back in high school, I worked in watercolor quite a bit. Folks would often ask me if working in watercolor made me tense...since you have to work quickly, can't really "undo" or cover up "mistakes"...On the contrary, I found working in watercolor soothing, even relaxing. It is, naturally, a very fluid medium...and I always found it very easy to, in a sense, "go with the flow"--to let the piece I was working on lead the way.

I took an art class this summer that didn't quite turn out the way I expected, but it did lead me back to watercolors. I needed to work on something in class that would be easy to carry back and forth each week. Hauling my acrylics and canvas to and from each week didn't seem like a good fit. Watercolor did.

And so it began. It has become something of an the best sense of the word. I am not sure where it will lead, but I don't think I will be giving it up any time soon.

Just as I remembered, it is very soothing. When things were very busy this summer and there was little time to work in the studio, I could clear a little spot at my work table and spend any where from 10 minutes to several hours on painting with watercolors. On stressful days it has become a sort of meditation. It is also a quick way to work with color and get ideas out of my head and onto paper.

I have some pieces ready to show for the Art Crawl. I'll give you a sneak peek soon!

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