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Tiny crystal cluster


A few days ago my mom unearthed my college artwork she’d been kindly storing for me for years. I had saved most of it (!) One portfolio contained watercolor charts and studies from my first semester of painting — about 20 years ago! As I looked through the portfolio after seeing it for the first time in years, I noted that there were several unused big scraps of Arches watercolor paper. Today I used one of those paper remnants for this little study!

I experimented with watercolor pencils again. This uses primarily watercolor pencils with ink wash and ink spots for contrast on the darkest shadows. Using watercolor paper did let me to do more mixing while the paper was still wet. I feel like I was too restrained on this piece though, and will aim to loosen up for the next one.

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WATERCOLOR PENCIL AND INK ON PAPER
11” x 15.5”
2020