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  • Before I left for The Shaman Workshop, I ordered some new toys from Jerry's Artarama. If I purchased watercolors, I could get free Kolinsky sable brushes and a free covered palette. I needed new water colors anyway, and been putting off buying them.

    They arrived while I was gone and I was eager to try them. I wanted to paint my husband, who is an excellent model, but he was too busy to sit for me, so I sketched him in pencil from memory and began to paint.

    I chose three colors and used only those colors: rose red, yellow ochre and cerulean blue. (Later I thought, I have a whole box of brand new colors, and I only tried three of them!)

    After a while, my husband came and sat for me. I did the shading, best I could, based on the real shading on his face. However, with watercolors, I could not change the basic shapes. My watercolor teacher, Charlie Myers, told me that I tend to paint stylized people. If I wish to circumvent that, I must look very carefully at a real person (or photo).

    This must be the way I visualize Keith. Or, it is a failure between mind and hand. He likes it, so I guess it's okay.
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