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Friday, January 24, 2020

So many stories to tell

"Navajo Dawn," 8 x 10 watercolor, 140 lb. d'Arches cold press paper
"There are so many stories to tell--how dare we not tell them!" --Clark, after rereading Ray Bradbury's From the Dust Returned, 1991, first edition, last night.
So many ways to tell them. 
I am also reading the late Coulton Waugh's book, How to Paint with a Knife, first edition, 1971, a book of my Dad's that I've started exploring after buying the late Regina Murphy's palette knives and exploring oil and acrylic painting.
And I'm almost through with reading The Essential Lewis & Clark, their journals edited by Anthony Brandt, rediscovering America's stories a mere 200 years ago.
So today's watercolor play time resulted from that stew of ideas, that compost as Bradbury would say. 
Waugh's instructions included some stark and simple black and white illustrations of Newfoundland cliffs to teach light and shadow, which gave me the idea for this painting in  New Mexico and Arizona.
There are so many stories to tell, and so many ways to tell them...

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