|"Survivor," 8 x 10 watercolor, 140 lb. d'Arches rough press paper|
"They give us those nice bright colors
They give us the greens of summers
"Makes you think all the world's a sunny day, oh yeah ..."
--Kodachrome, Paul Simon
Surviving the winter, surviving the years, surviving the pandemic...thoughts of summer and bright colors help.
One of my favorite songs is "Kodachrome" sung by Simon and Garfunkel, and I can see those greens of summer when I walk in Hafer Park in spring and especially summer.
One recent year, I saw the skeleton of this survivor, this old tree, protruding from the lush foliage of nearby trees and took the photo.
It's gone, now, collapsed into the forest, rotting away, forming new life, but it caught my imagination. I've tried to paint it before, without luck, but this storm inspired me, wanting to paint some bright colors and greens.
Even when you're aged and wrinkled and survival becomes more iffy, there is still beauty, and character. And bright colors.
Today's watercolor, and my photo of the subject.
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