Above: Odd and Ends of Leftover Paint Tell a Story
My first experiment with watercolors was made in December 2018. In March (2019) I decided to try to paint a “real picture” instead of just abstracts. I settled on the old barn in our local forest preserve, the first building I’d ever tried painting! Well, it was a challenge. I took a photo, cropped the view in Photoshop to fit the paper (6″ x 9″), traced the outline of the barn, and tried for patience in the painting process, something which I am generally sadly lacking. My barn slants a bit, but whose to mind?
When I was finished with the barn, I had little bowls of color that seemed too good to waste. I dumped and spattered them with abandon on a scrap of paper, a 30-second abstract. The paint ran and puddled on its own terms, and suddenly I realized it was turning into a dancing dog. Fascinating! When the paint dried, I looked again, and now I saw another creature–maybe a small yapping dog (?) or. as I decided, an orange cat!
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