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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Six month watercolor journey begins in March

March watercolors--turn on the sound
(The third slide is my impression of the virus)
In early March, there was a storm on the horizon.
"It's coming," said my doctor during a visit, referring to the COVID virus infecting the world.
We didn't understand how serious it would be, in middle America, where we feel relatively secure or isolated.
We celebrated St. Pat's day a week early, and during the first two weeks of March, I only did two watercolors...ironically one of a thunderstorm on March 4, and another of a lone canoe paddler on March 7.
March 15 changed that with quarantine, and I began painting daily watercolors, thanks in part to Doodlewash, which provided daily prompts. I didn't always follow them, but when I look at those from six months ago, I can almost tell you their stories, the prompts, what was happening. They are in effect, the beginning of a six month journey, a watercolor history.
I decided to try to paint something to lift spirits, light  against the darkness of disease.
Since then, in the next four months of daily challenges, I painted 98 watercolors, and completed 15 more in August.
I won't bother you with comments or captions on these, though you can easily guess the one for St. Pat's Day as I reflect in this slide show. If you want daily comments and captions, you can click on the blog posts of March and scroll forward, beginning with the March 4 post, Beauties and Beasts.
One other one  included in the show is of my beloved Sandias, in New Mexico...it was a birthday card for my brother.

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