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This is my latest original watercolor that I’ve entitled Leaving. 

I took a walk in the woods last week and took some photos of leaves and trees.  My reference photo is here for you to see what I saw as I looked up into the canopy. My painting isn’t meant to be an exact replica of the photo, but merely my own representation of it. I really enjoyed painting this one and I felt lost in the leaves as my colors flowed. I took quite a few photos and am now working on some close-up images of the bark of some elm trees.

Painting, like life, is a process that can bring about a myriad of emotions.  I usually begin feeling very excited about a painting when I am first planning it out on my paper. If it goes well, I feel content, happy and very in the moment as I paint. But sometimes I get frustrated, angry and disappointed when my painting doesn’t flow like I wanted it to, but I usually try to learn something from it and keep going.

I never really thought about my emotions while painting, but I knew I experienced them. Then I read a great article about how an artist (I use that term loosely in relation to myself) can project the mood they are feeling onto a painting and those that see it will experience a similar mood or feeling about the painting.

Lee Muir-Haman is a wonderful watercolor artist who writes about all the various elements of  painting and she did this great piece that opened my eyes about painting and “mood”. Her paintings are absolutely beautiful so go have a peek.

Anyway, while working on this particular painting, I felt joyful throughout the entire painting process. I enjoyed the colors, the feeling of my brushes in my hands and the way the shapes took their forms. I wonder what moods or feelings, if any, this evokes in any of you who would like to comment? I am curious about this concept and would love to hear your thoughts.

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