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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Partial to Peaches

Partial to Peaches   watercolor on Khadi   5.75 x 18
Making something from nothing.  An unusual slice of leftover Khadi paper.  A leftover skinny black frame.  What can I do with these?  This is the way I cook.  This is the way I live.  Making from leftovers.  This all became an elongated work of a basket of peaches...totally wabi sabi.  In fact, the paper wasn't quite long enough, so I stitched on another piece using a zig zag stitch on the sewing machine.  A watery background tone was added.  Even the stitches took on a nice tone.  These unusual pieces make my heart sing.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Bittersweet with Pumpkins

Bittersweet with Pumpkins   watercolor on Khadi   13.75 x 10
is another work done in our watercolor class with autumnal subjects being piled into the center of the tables.  We used our view-finders to crop out a section that we wanted to paint.  While there is much to be said for this method of direct observation, I find, personally, that there is just too much "given" for my mind to creatively react with the subject.  Over the years, I have found my pleasure to reside in the interaction between subject and ground, which, of necessity, needs to be more empty for this exchange to occur. 

O.K.  I like the colors.