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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

...But if you try sometimes...

This is a quick sketch I made of a road-side coastal view on the Ring of Kerry, in Ireland. I had intended for it to be a soft, atmospheric transparent watercolor sketch, like the one from my last post, but it got away from me. I almost tossed it in the waste basket, but then decided to bring out the old permanent calligraphy pen--which is almost dry by now--punctuate the composition with a few darks and turn this into a pen and wash exercise. I think the rescue worked; much more interesting this way...

I like vignette sketches, they always look so fresh and immediate to me as a viewer, as if you were watching them take shape before your eyes. So I guess the lesson is when things don't go your way, maybe it's time to let them take you their own way... Experiment. Dare. Be open to possibility. Work in abandon. You can't always get what you want, Mick would say, but sometimes you might get what you need, if you try...

Van Gogh watercolors on Arches cold press paper, 6 x10 inches.

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