Just Make That First Mark

Just dash something down if you see a blank canvas staring at you with a certain imbecility. You do not know how paralyzing it is, that staring of a blank canvas which says to the painter: you don’t know anything. — Vincent van Gogh

What sort of things did I do today?

I recently took several photos of a beautiful scene down the road and not a single one had the important part in focus and yet I like the photos – they’re all I need to remember the beauty of the moment and maybe use it to spark something else.

I started an autumnal road scene in watercolor – laying down the lights and general area. I like it. It’s nice and mushy. This is yet another reminder that sometimes you need to wait for it to dry.

And after trying out the colors in my travel paint kit, I decided to be bold and replace the cakes with my own tube paint. I’m assured that I have plenty of time for it to dry out appropriately for travel. At the bottom you can see the solid cakes all safely wrapped up for future use.

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