Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Recycling art



I don't think I'm the only watercolor artist with a portfolio or two filled with unsuccessful paintings. Those who paint on canvas with acrylics or oils can cover part or the whole painting with gesso and begin again. Watercolorists usually end up with a pile of paintings; it could be experimental works, practice, or something started in a class and not completed. Someone once said that you have to paint at least 350 bad paintings. Being and optomist, I don't think most paintings are ALL bad, there may be a little jewel in there somewhere; so I go around my painting with a small plain mat and look for something interesting. If it's a small portion, 3X4 for instance, I can use it on a note card. Each notecard is a mini piece of original, one of a kind art which goes into a clear bag and is sent to the gallery. The best part is, people buy them!

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I started watercolor painting earnestly in 1991 after I moved to Florida. My husband and I are retired, and we are both artists. We both have works displayed  at the Wildchild Gallery in Matlacha Florida.