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Sunday, July 16, 2017

A devil of a time--watercolor

Dawn at The Lighthouse, 5 by 7 watercolor, 140# greeting cardAdd caption
"The Lighthouse," in Palo Duro Canyon. This is the third attempt of this view, and while I can now paint it from memory almost, and have the colors figured out, I still can't seem to get it where it's clean and as graceful as the colors and geology.
But, since I failed twice yesterday, this is a makeup. I can blame it on the lighter, cheaper greeting card stock, and that's a little, but I'm having a devil of a time with this icon...hoping for greeting cards good enough to sell in my daughter's bookstore, Burrowing Owl Books in Canyon, Texas.
So forgive the crudeness, but by the time I ruin another dozen of these, maybe I'll get it.
This counts to make up for missing yesterday's WorldWatercolorMonth daily challenge.

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