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Favorite Scent

Today’s World Watercolor Month prompt is “Favorite Scent” and after much deliberation, I decided that one of my favorites is my morning coffee. I like smelling the grounds as I scoop them out of the jar. Then the smell intensifies as the hot water hits the grounds. Finally, I get to sit in my chair looking out at the morning light on the creek and take that first sip of hot, dark, roasted coffee. What scent is your favorite?

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Soft Colors of Evening

Because the medium uses water to disperse the paint, watercolor is good at soft edges, and one gets soft colors by adding water and putting them down next to each other so that they can flow together. I chose this scene, one we often enjoy as we sail near our home in the evening, for today’s World Watercolor Month prompt of “Soft.” I love the way the setting sun lights up the clouds and turns them all different colors, and then that light is reflected in the water. What is your favorite time of day? Why is it your favorite?

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Spontaneous Landscape

The World Watercolor Month prompt for today is “Spontaneous” so I did a landscape by swiping paint across a wet piece of paper and coaxing the resulting forms into this landscape. Learning how to figure out what the painting “needs” and what to do next is a large part of the conversation between the artist and the work. It took me many years of painting to understand what other artists were talking about when they mentioned the painting “talking to them.” Although this painting took only a few minutes of active involvement, it required years of experience to be able to do it! This is #17 of my “Thirty-one Paintings…

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A Simple Machine

Remember back in science class learning about simple machines? Wheels, levers, and screws are all simple machines and all these are incorporated in a bicycle, a simple machine that can bring a lot of pleasure. This one is a sturdy variety, suitable for the beach. What color was your first bicycle? Did the handlebars have streamers? Did you clip playing cards where they would click in the spokes as you rode? What is your favorite memory of riding a bicycle? Number 16 of World Watercolor Month challenge, answering the prompt “Machine.”

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Forgotten

We see abandoned duck blinds all over the Chesapeake Bay. It seems that there is at least one in every cove where we have anchored. Even new, they are deliberately shaggy and camouflaged, but they quickly deteriorate in the sun and storms. Although we have lived here for nine years, we have never seen anyone in this blind, which is across the creek from my studio. I thought that this was a fitting subject for today’s World Watercolor Month prompt of “Forgotten.” For purchase information, click here.

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“Green”

The World Watercolor Month prompt for today is green, so I have painted some unripe peaches. Even though most of this painting is green in hue, I was focused on the peaches. Number 14 of my “Thirty-one Paintings in 31 Days for $31 each.”

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Twisted Tendrils

With “Twisted” as today’s challenge prompt from World Watercolor Month, I went searching the plant world and finally found a neighbor’s grapes with the tendrils holding on to nearby vines, the fence, and other plants.

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Learning to Sail

Do you remember going to camp as a child? Camp Letts, on the Rhode River, has had many activities for students in previous years. One of those activities was sailing dinghies. We would see the students going back and forth from the camp dock to this little island as we were on our way to…

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Black-Eyed Susans

Black-eyed Susans are the state flower for Maryland, and I was admiring them in the center median of the highway earlier as I was driving. And as today’s World Watercolor Month prompt is round, I decided to paint some since the flower shape is a circle of petals with a round center. These are from my stepmother’s garden, where they and their siblings bloom in a golden patch by the street. What is the state flower where you live? Is it one of your favorites?

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“Fast”

I had several ideas for this prompt (Day 10 of World Watercolor Month), but I discarded several because they just weren’t things that I wanted to paint today. My convoluted thinking led me to clothes being color fast, and dyes not bleeding, and a slogan I’ve heard about the American Flag, whose “colors don’t run.” This was painted from a photo I took at a parade in Annapolis, Maryland.

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