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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Paint what you feel, not see

"Autumn," 6 1/2 by 8, #watercolor, 140 lb. d'Arches cold press paper
Maple trees in the autumn. What a sight, but don't try to paint them. You can only approach the colors, and details, and can quickly fail at what you "see."
What do I feel when I view them? What "art word" should I be painting?
"Autumn." That's how I feel when I see them. Yes, autumn is a feeling, an emotion, memories, sensations, more than just a drab noun.
So, today's watercolor.

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