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Monday, July 27, 2020

Study in blues

"Winter Blues," 5 x 7 watercolor, 140 lb Fabriano Artistico extra white cold press
"Shine."
Today's #WorldWatercolorMonth prompt brought several ideas, images and possibilities, but...
Some of them, like the shine off a metal cup or crystal glass, I'm just not capable of rendering  in watercolor, like some artists I know of who do incredible detailed work.
I thought about painting a black eye, a "shiner," but I've tried that before. Fun, but sorta ugly. We've got enough ugly in the world and country right now with the pandemics of virus, hatred and political chaos.
Then I thought about the moon, reflecting on snow and a creek. It would have been easier perhaps to paint a porcelain jug with a cork in it for "Moonshine," but...it just didn't appeal.
Back to the moon, thinking of the song "Shine on Harvest Moon," but a winter moon in today's July heat is better. Rings around the moon in icy sky, reflected  on mountain snow and a creek, reminiscent of Christmas cards I've done, is easier, and more fun.
So here's a study in blues: Peacock, Prussian, Royal and Ultramarine. (The white is the paper).

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