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Thursday, July 2, 2020

The Texture of Life

"Adobe Evening," 5 x 7 watercolor, 140 lb Fabriano Artistico extra white cold press paper
Texture. 
The older you get, the more texture you have in your life...wrinkles, yes, and more.
Consider all of nature for that matter, and creation. Texture means interest. Texture is contrast.
Contrast, texture brings drama to all creation, whether natural or human generated, in music, sculpture, photography, painting--the list goes on. 
That's why the best time for photography is early or late in the day, when slanting rays of the sun emphasize the texture of any subject. And in paintings, changes in light bring out the grain of life.
Today's Doodlewash's #WorldWatercolorMonth July 2 prompt was "texture." 
I was stumped until I thought about adobe in dramatic light, and picked up my sponges to emphasize the grand texture, the infinite grain and colors of those earthly buildings. 
Yes, there are a few brush strokes, but the majority of this painting is brushless. Texture.

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