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Monday, May 22, 2017

Rainy weather, what do you feel

"Rainy weather traveling," 9 by 12 watercolor, 140# Fabriano Artistico
"Paint what you feel, not what you see," wrote the author, Betty Schlemm in this old watercolor book I found recently. And after reading her accomplished advice and instruction, I wondered if I should even try to paint...so much I don't know, so much to learn.
Yet I know my best attempts at watercolor come from both my feelings, from letting loose, and from happy accidents.
I was almost afraid to try again..so much to practice, so much to try.
But then it started raining, and I love rainy weather...no wonder two favorite songs are a "Rainy Night in Georgia" and "When Tears come Down."
So turn on the phonograph, put on some moody vinyl, look out the window and let your mind travel. 
Pick up the paint brush, mix some paint, attack the blank paper,  and feel...it's far short of her talent and ideas, but it's part of the journey.
Keith Richards said, when asked what he thinks when on stage that he didn't think, he just feels.
I feel I'm trying to get there, traveling along wet narrow back Oklahoma roads in rainy weather,  but miles to go... what a feeling....

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