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#30x30DirectWatercolor2021 : Watercolor Vs. Oils – The Great Debate

Here’s an index of ALL THE POSTS from #30x30DirectWatercolor 2021

In recent years I’ve been spending a lot of time in the studio, painting in oils. For a person who’d defined themselves with plein-air sketching in watercolor, this has been a significant departure from myself! Though – this is one of many reasons why I want to keep doing the annual 30×30 marathon. At least, for this one month of a year, I will be able to keep in contact with my roots in watercolor. I’m sure this wont be the ONLY watercolor I do this year, but, if it ends up that way – at least it will be a serious project!

All that being said, what I took on this year was a great side-by-side comparison. Painting images that I’d painted before in oils. Seeing if I was to revisit the same image, how I would do it better in watercolor. If that was even possible. Or, if there were just differences. Not better or worse, but just different responses provoked by the different media.

Here below are my Thirty Paintings, in Thirty Days, for the year of 2021. You can click though to read the original posts written at the time.

Thanks very much!

~Marc


For previous years, head back to the index page: HERE

Day One : On Blocks Laid by Giants

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Day Two : New Mexico I’ve Never Been

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Day Three : New Mexico High Water

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Day Four : Video Crit!

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Day Five : Death Valley Nocturne

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Day Six : Green as Broken Glass

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Day Seven : The Wandering Path

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Day 08 : A Day in the Park

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Day 09 : Dry Brush, Arizona

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Day 10 : Winter Blues!

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Day 11 : The Road to Minimalism

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Day 14 : The Best of Both – Worlds Apart
(Radically different interpretation of the same view)

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Day 15 : Boiling it down to the Essence

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Day 16 : No Makeup
(A Discussion on Color-Correction in Photoshop)

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Day 18 : In the Fog of Art
(Also a brief discussion about the VALUE of Derivative Works)

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Day 19 : Black Hills, White Water

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Day 20 : Glide Your Fingers Through Granite He Said

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Day 22 : Gone Sketchin’

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Day 23 : Experiment with YUPO

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Day 24 : Be Like Water

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Day 25 : Van Gogh and Gauguin, in Their Own Words

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Day 26 : Francis Bacon, on Art

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Day 27 : Gauguin, The Colonizer

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Day 29 : Rousseau, The Snake Charmer

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96,840 Paintings! #30x30DirectWatercolor 2021

We’ve had 3228 Active Members (4517 if you count the whole audience) in the Facebook Group this year, making it 96,840 paintings – if everyone in the group were to complete the entire marathon :) Just imagine!

I want to thank every one of you! Because of course, we are all sharing in the inspiration and the motivation, we’re all keep each other painting, so we can cross the finish line together.

Thanks very much and I hope to see you next year for #30x30DirectWatercolor!

~Marc

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