Watercolor, 5 x 7 inches
$150 —email me to purchase

Warm, steamy, rich and fertile; rising up from verdant valley.

This is the result of a watercolor experience I hope to enjoy more often. Effortlessness, in harmonic relationship with my favorite medium.

Some days, I can sit down to paint for hours with no satisfying result. Frustrating. Other days, a miracle appears almost immediately before my very eyes. Persistence. Faith. Persistence. Even when I don't feel like it. Practice pays off.

As I consider my watercolors a spiritual practice, and that life is the first art, I am practicing living my life with more effortlessness. It's not always easy to let go of the neuroses or to overcome the obstacles that make life seem difficult, that throw us out of harmony, out of balance. But I'm willing to more consciously make effortlessness and harmony part of my daily intention. Each time I get out of whack — and I've been out of whack this past week — I am standing myself up, dusting myself off and setting my intention all over again. Persistence. Faith. Persistence. Even when I don't feel like it, practice pays off.

I love making watercolor paintings. I love living life. How difficult can it really be? My preference? Effortlessness!

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Trish said...

I don't know the right painting terminology, ut this seems to me to 'flow' very well. I like it!

Suzanne McDermott said...

Flow is good. In fact, flow is perfect. Great to hear from you, Trish.

Anonymous said...

Effortless. We have to learn to let go and trust our instincts. xD =D

Suzanne McDermott said...

Indeed! Just saying the word feels good, doesn't it?

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Flow indeed! Love these organic paintings and your new porcelain palette.
I hope you're mending alright, Suzanne. Thanks for the visit and the comment.
Do I really have to let go of my neuroses? :D

Suzanne McDermott said...

Hey, Mary...
No, you don't HAVE to let go of your neuroses, but you can. Maybe try letting go one by one.
The colors of my palette are partially new but the porcelain plate came in five years ago with the new studio. Glad you came by. Great to hear from you!

RH Carpenter said...

Ah, when you let go and let it flow - watercolor works perfectly (and so does life)!! But how hard we often make it for ourselves. Sound like you are in just the right place at the right time!

Suzanne McDermott said...

I'm working at it, Rhonda! Or really... I am allowing my life to transform effortlessly. That's a good affirmation! Though perhaps with a specific or two thrown In...