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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Adobe and turquoise--therapy two

Adobe and turquoise, Taos, 5 by 7 watercolor, 140# d'Arches
Painting is foremost an exercise in seeing and problem solving. Inspiration, craft, talent, sure. But after the previous post on adobe therapy, the more I looked at the painting, the more I knew it needed.
So here is the second version, with blue sky adding the necessary contrast. I like it so much I bought a mat for it today.
Santuario--4.5 by 9
And in the meantime, I found the little watercolor sketch I mentioned two days ago that I did at Chimayo' 10 years ago when leading a student trip to New Mexico. This was done en plein wire, while my students wrote and photographed around me. Great memories.
Adobe and turquoise are sacred--no wonder there is therapy there.

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