Almost Harvest


Almost Harvest
Watercolor, 8 x 9 inches

Nunjabi Book I

Summer evaporates. In some places, may the flood waters to evaporate right along with it. Not quite fall yet summer is definitely over.

I remember the years my family would stay at the shore one day past Labor Day weekend. Along with the Shoobies went the entire season. The empty beach felt differently lit. Suddenly the sun was at a noticeably more acute angle. The breeze was cooler, the water more bracing. I wanted to stay on but that wasn't my call.

As you transition into the changing season, think about spending 8 weeks learning about drawing and watercolor. As a treat give yourself time to slow down and do something by hand and eye.

Each season is a one time thing. Eight weeks pass in the blink of an eye.

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Bridge

Roadblock
Watercolor, 8 x 9 inches

Nunjabi Book I


La, la, la, la, la.... Traipsing along the happy path of life and BOOM. A roadblock.

These sudden obstructions take time to get over or around. Time for assessing the situation, for composing a plan, a strategy, and then time for taking action. To get to the other side.

I painted my way through this one here. Easier than in 3D life where I am slightly torn and tattered but continuing on along the happy path of life.

It's a choice.

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One week later, what felt like a roadblock now looks like a bridge. I'm bestowing a new title. ____________________________________________

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Crystal Clear


Crystal Clear
Watercolor, 8 x 9 inches

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I was about to start fussing with tiny tricks of perspective to bring the foreground fore and put the background back. Then I noticed that I couldn't take my eyes off the mountain peak.

This visual manipulation is a conspiracy of composition, line and color. But the absolute clarity of fore-, middle- and backgrounds removes space and time in the picture plane. It's almost like being in three places at once. Almost because you'll never be on the peak, you'll always be looking at it.

Pretend the mountain peak is your goal. When your goal is crystal clear, no matter how far the distance you know what it feels like to be there. That is the beauty of good inner vision.

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Cuban Float


Cuban Float
Watercolor, 8 x 9 inches

Nunjabi Book I

I was looking through Diana Nyad's blog on Sunday as she prepared to swim from Cuba to Florida. At 61. Without a shark tank. I couldn't help but notice the Cuban skies in the photos. That's my inspiration.

I looked at my palette and thought, not with those colors! I've hung onto my palette color arrangement for way too long. I'm sick of it!

Right now, in my Online Drawing and Watercolor Course we're concentrating on palette colors and mixing. Palette choice and mixing are on my mind in a bigger than usual way. So, I grabbed a couple boxes of paint tubes and rather unceremoniously rifled through them looking for a cure.

Here's what I came up with:
(All M. Graham except for last Old Holland) Cadmium Yellow Light (love it!), Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Teal, Viridian, Quinacridone Rose and Old Holland King's Blue Deep.


Oooh! I want to put aside all my teaching and computer work and paint the days away. I'll make another with this group and predict a change is a comin' in my big palette. ____________________________________________
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Bushwhacking

Bushwhacking
Watercolor, 8 x 9 inches

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Throwing myself to the winds of this expressive project is anchored by the fact that I'm filling a book, page by page with these paintings. That's part of the discipline. Another part of the discipline is going where each painting takes me (without resistance) and finding ways to make each work.

The unexpected and very interesting part of the results is that each painting (in retrospect rather than intention) reflects my internal experience at the moment of making each painting.

For example, when I sat down to this one, I was trying out a new (to me) brand of one of my favorite colors, Quinacridone Gold. So, I've learned a bit about how it works and what it looks like compared to the other brands that I use. But that fact has little to do with the resulting painting.

When I was approaching completion, I thought it looked like a partially cleared but still obstructed path. As is often the case, the final title did not occur to me until I was scanning at which point, I threw the working title(s) out. Bushwhacking! That's it.

Then I realized that bushwhacking is exactly what I am doing this week, today, right now. I have so many tasks that I'm almost paralyzed. Almost.

Rather than lay down and die, I am picking up my metaphorical machete and whacking my tasks off one by one to clear my path.

All right! This one is cleared!

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