Notes For Watercolor

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  • #111451
     Nay Aung 
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    @nay

    Thanks for sharing your quote Daniel!Of course Light is the major influencing factor when we have to plan our art work.I also look for where the light comes from before sketching.

    I must try to repeat your quote whenever I start to paint 🙂

    #111452
     Nay Aung 
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    @nay

    Beautiful quote Mary ! I think that’s why Chagall added dream like quality to our daily activities 🙂

    #111455
     Daniel MacBride 
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    @daniel-macbride

    🙂 For me that quote tells me so much more than that light is the most important thing in watercolour – I don’t know lol, maybe it’s just my weird little brain, but when I think of “chasing the light” it feels to me almost like the light is a living entity, and “chasing the light” means understanding it on a very visceral, intuitive and emotional level (if any of that makes sense? It’s a bit difficult for me to describe the feeling I get when I read or hear that phrase, but it’s also almost like the watercolour itself is a living entity that we are learning to communicate with). I mean on a very basic level, we use light to communicate different moods and emotions, but what that little phrase says to me is so much more than that and completely changed the way I see or feel about watercolour. (Sorry for the clumsy explanation, it’s hard for me to articulate something that hit me on such a deep level lol).

    I do know though that when I first read it, something clicked inside me and from that moment on I connected with watercolour on a completely different level (which is funny because I only picked up a brush for the very first time in May – there’s a whole story about my history with art and painting in general that illustrates why it’s so incredible that I even picked up a brush at all lol – and read the quote about a week after I started painting). And knowing how I feel about watercolour now, I am very much aware of how different I would be as an artist and how much less connected to the medium than I am now because I read that quote 🙂 I wish I could remember who said it, because I owe them a great debt for making me see watercolour in a completely different :light: 😉

    #111456
     Daniel MacBride 
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    @daniel-macbride

    I love Bob Ross 🙂 I could watch him paint for hours lol – watching his shows was what actually made me feel for the first time ever like I might actually be able to paint (after a lifetime of being told and believing otherwise). I loved them so much even though I don’t use oils, that I bought the DVDs 🙂

    #111460
     Tamiko McCurry 
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    @tamiko-mccurry

    I love Bob Ross’ talks with himself while painting. Im not a “realistic” nature lover or a fan of green.. Lolol but i too love to listen to him.. 🙂

    #111461
     Tamiko McCurry 
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    @tamiko-mccurry

    Art is not what you see but what you make others see..  Edgar Degas

    #111472
     Nay Aung 
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    @nay

    Thanks for your patient explanation Daniel!!!I admired your seriousness on knowing the sense beyond words 🙂 Also I’m glad to be friend of yours.

    #111477
     Sandra Strait 
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    @sandra-strait

    His techniques are solid and many of them are good for any medium.  I think he could have painted for more creative works, but his passion was teaching and inspiring, not actually painting.

    #111487
     Nay Aung 
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    @nay

    Thanks Tamiko!It is the quote clearly showed the difference between Art and Photocopying.

    #111496
     Daniel MacBride 
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    @daniel-macbride

    I agree that he could have painted for more creative works, but I think part of that is because he was painting for TV and trying to teach. So he would have to stick to certain types of painting that are more easily seen on screen and I guess things that people are familiar with (and hey, lets face it, the man painted what he liked, which happened to be trees and mountains and stuff lol). I know his approach of painting similar things all the time was one of the reasons why I felt after watching him that I might actually be able to do this painting stuff – because I watched him do it over and over again and really got familiar with how he did it, to the point where I could visualise myself doing the same thing 🙂 (I also have OCD and PTSD, so I tend to like to watch a lot before I try something new. Thank goodness for youtube lol!)

    #111653
     Daniel MacBride 
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    @daniel-macbride

    Oh, I love that Degas quote, so true!

    #111791
     Nay Aung 
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    @nay

    Hope the following quote makes everyone to remember the reason to choose watercolor 🙂

    “Watercolor can leave me totally deflated and wondering why I chose it as a medium…and then I am seduced again by a beautiful wash or the lacework of an intricate detail which is impossible to create in any other medium”

    J.Zbukvic

    #111851
     Sandra Strait 
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    @sandra-strait

    This is a great quote!

    #111854
     Sandra Strait 
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    @sandra-strait

    One of my favorite art quotes, Mary.

    #111855
     Sandra Strait 
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    @sandra-strait

    The Degas quote really resonates with me.  I think art is a conversation between the artist and the viewer.

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