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Monday, July 15, 2019

Heat and cheat

"Desert Heat," 7 1/2" x 7 1/2"
"The world is too much with us... ." Wordsworth must have been both poet and prophet, I thought, looking back on this week personally, and the materialistic world that consumes "civilization."
It's more a case of too much going on, or at least that's my excuse for not painting a watercolor yesterday. "Furry things," 
was yesterday's challenge prompt for World Watercolor Month. 
Today the prompt was "Monochromatic." 
It's going to be 100 plus degrees tomorrow, as Oklahoma slides into the sweltering heat of summer. 
That's partially responsible for today's painting, featuring essentially one color, oozing the start of another blistering day, "Desert  Heat," on a piece of 140 lb. Indian rough paper I bought once.
"Lookit those birds!" 5' x 7"
The cheat part? Since I missed painting for the first day this month, to occupied to repaint two furry critters who have adopted me, I pulled this former painting out of a frame by our fireplace. Sophie and Snoops, looking out the window at birds. 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press paper. 
Tomorrow, the prompt is "Relaxing." Don't know yet. 

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