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Saturday, April 4, 2020

When we need some magic, and color

"Unicornacopia," 5 x 7 watercolor card
We all need some magic in these somber days, and mine arrived this morning.
I'm blessed to be able to paint watercolor birthday cards for my children and grandchildren, though through the years the requests tend to become more specific, and  demanding of my imagination and ability. 
The main challenge however is remembering all the dates. Yes, I have them written down, and check them from time to time, but with eight grandchildren, they slip up on my aging memory. That's why I get gentle reminders, like phone calls or Facebook messages, which happened yesterday.
So today's first watercolor, is a card for a nine year old, with a request for unicorns.
I've painted them before, and they're fun to paint...magic creatures that bring magic to imagination and painting because they're colorful, and there are no rules, except they have to have a horn. 
The magic of unicorns and color!

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