I took a break between classes during the Texas Art Educators Association annual conference in Galveston. Moody Gardens was surrounded in beauty with all the palm trees. I found a shaded patio area and went to work on these palm trees before me, using my Winsor & Newton field box of watercolor cakes. I found the palm-size watercolor kit very convenient for this 30-minute experiment. The masking has successfully left me some areas to work on the highlighted stalks and palm fronds. Hopefully I can get back to this study later in the week, once I catch up on all the school work neglected while I was in Galveston last week. I do like the freshness of this sketch, and think I’ll review the canons of Xie He (early 6th century). His first canon is resonating with me as I look at this: “Engender a sense of movement through spirit consonance.” I think that is a timely word for a watercolorist as “anal” as I have been throughout my career. It’s time to let the uptightness melt away.
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