is an example of what I consider to be a watercolor sketch. It has many elements that I adore....a figure in motion, a figure physically working (which I consider to be a soulful and noble endeavor), and a person I adore...my husband Rick. Rick agreed to pose for our watercolor class a few years ago. This painting is the result. I am thinking that its brevity is its strongest virtue. Having a model for a limited time period forces us to get to the point rather quickly...no time for extras such as a background. In fact, sometimes when a work develops into a full-blown painting, the original spark becomes buried in the paint. It becomes somehow duller. Poetry. Prose. I enjoy everything about it. Even the pencil squiggles that create a bit of a border. Would I have been that carefree on a painting in which I had invested several days? I don't think so.
The challenge then, for me, is to be able to save the original spark as the painting marches onward and becomes a bit weightier.