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#30×30 Day 20 : Glide Your Fingers Through Granite, He Said

June 20, 2021

And here on Day 20, we are now up to date with my artistic production!

This is the watercolor derivation of my very-most-recent oil painting, Glide your Fingers Though Granite, He Said which, incidentally, is a derivation of the work of @TwinTheWorld, which is two swiss photographers who post some epic views to their Instagram.

In the watercolor version, I took the chance to double down on my title. The physical process of painting was almost like finger painting. Even the marks in the composition took up the movement of the title.

Much like yesterday – I feel like I’m at the peak of my #30×30 marathon. The point where you’re tuned up, and maybe just a little more tired than you’d like – and that’s breaking down your inhibitions. The point at which my reflexes and sensitivity are at an unconscious, almost telepathic level. You know instinctively what the moisture on the paper will do. You can pick up the right amount of pigment by instinct, almost by weight and feel, certainty not by measuring. That’s impossible.

It’s a strange feeling of power. Just imagining an image, and your hand makes it appear before you.

I think there’s no other way to feel this with watercolor – only painting every day, for many days in a row, for months, going into years – it’s the only way to make it enjoyable simply to paint. Much like a musician, who realizes they are finally enjoying listening to themselves play.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Cindy Shaw permalink
    June 20, 2021 11:56 AM

    Watercolour is certainly your medium. I can feel the mountains and their strength in your image. Beautiful piece.

  2. Diane and erik Madsen permalink
    June 20, 2021 4:26 PM

    Love being in that zone, your last paragraph…..! Erik

    Sent from my iPad


  3. June 20, 2021 5:37 PM

    Spectacular, you are such an inspiration to me

  4. October 27, 2021 2:07 PM

    Love your work, from outdoor sketches through bold studio watercolors (esp 30×30) and giant oil paintings. From buildings to people to abstracts to mountains, you capture/express their spirits through your unique vision & skill.

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