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You never outgrow your first love …

Maybe in art, unlike in human relationships, you never outgrow your first love.  I’m back at the Art Students League as a monitor for Frank O’Cain’s Abstract Watercolor class. I set up the chaotic still life which everyone works from and I try to help students understand what it means to abstract from something real (the still life setup).

But most importantly, for me, it means I’m back working in watercolor, my first love in art.  For the last 9 months, I’ve been trying to figure out how to work with acrylics: I’ve learned a lot of lessons, but none of it is second nature…yet. Not the way it is with watercolor.

Now this doesn’t mean that everything I create with watercolor will be a masterpiece. Far from it. But I’m not second guessing myself every step of the way.

So here are two out of three paintings I did during the first week from the strangely chaotic set up I created:

Green Apples 3

Green Apples 3     9×12     $600

And the previous still life based on the same chaotic still life with the same three green apples…

Green Apples 2

Green Apples 2     9×12      $600

I won’t show you the first one. It was my “I’m just getting back to watercolor” experiment and not really ready for prime time.

I do so love watercolor!

Posted by ruthhurd on June 11, 2016

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