Another Crack at the Screen Door in Watercolor

Beginning a more serious study of the screen door in watercolor

Beginning a more serious study of the screen door in watercolor

There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the usual–become clairvoyant.  We reach then into reality.  Such are the moments of our greatest happiness.  Such are the moments of our greatest wisdom.  

Robert Henri, The Art Spirit

I consider myself most fortunate to have this three-day weekend without appointments, without deadlines, without tasks.  The leisure time spent lingering over the words of artistic muses (this weekend has included Robert Henri, Robert Motherwell, Annie Dillard, Andrew Wyeth, Wallace Stevens and Ernest Hemingway) has left me more refreshed than a good night’s sleep.  The Man Cave environment has been perfect, the DVDs, VHS tapes and CDs have provided the best music, the best documentaries that any painter would have craved.

Now I am getting down to work on a more serious study of a screen door, and main door behind it.  I have already finished the preliminary sketch, all the masqued screen wire and the first few coats of wash.  Now I am trying to get serious about the drawing, dry brush and texturing that bristles all over this composition.  The last attempt went by quite fast–just a couple or three days, I lose track.  Lately I have been shocked (though pleased) that my work is running from start to completion quite fast.  Now I wonder if I’m truly putting everything I can into a composition, am I quitting too fast.  Probably all of us wonder over those things.  At any rate, my intention is to linger longer and more studiously over this one, to see if I can actually make the work better over time, by adding more layers, more textures.  I guess I’ll find out soon enough.

Thanks for reading.  This is going to be fun.

I paint in order to remember.

I journal because I am alone.

I blog to remind myself that I am not alone.

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