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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Yesterday's stories

"Yesterday," 5 x 7 watercolor, 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico extra white cold press paper
Time travel. So many stories on the back roads, if you look and let your imagination run free. 
Every old barn, vacant farm house, decaying one room schools take you back in time, with the stories untold. 
I am always attracted to those, photograph them, and try to capture some of their character when I paint. 
They symbolize vanishing stories of a rural way of life, especially on the Great Plains and the wide open spaces of Oklahoma and other states.
"Yesterday." That was #WorldWatercolorMonth's prompt, and it didn't take long for me to decide what to attempt.
Today's watercolor comes from my imagination, of photos of old school houses I and others have taken. 

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