Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

Snow Buddies
by Karen A. Cooke
Watercolor painting
9" x 12"

Happy New Year! 

This snowman is the only snow we have in my part of the U.S. today - but there is the possibility of snow showers tonight.  We probably won't receive enough snow to build this friendly snowman, but enough to make it seem like winter!

Since New Year's is a time of setting goals for the upcoming year, I wanted to share with you some watercolor thoughts.....

"Watercolors are not for the faint of heart, but for those willing to explore and experiment, knowing that failure may be just around the corner, knowing that each piece of paper may not end up as a masterpiece."  As a fellow watercolor artist and friend has often said - "it is only paper!"

Watercolor artists must be able to relinquish control of the painting and be a partner in the process not the leader - allowing the pigment and water to perform their magic.

Remember that watercolor painting offers countless opportunities, but few second chances. 

Continue to be amazed by new discoveries every time you sit down to paint.  Push yourself to the limit of your abilities  - AND then beyond them!

Enjoy the magic ---

Happy New Year AND Happy Painting!

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