After a 40-year hiatus I could no longer restrain the desire to put brush to canvas. September first of 2019, I finally began a painting from a photo taken back in the early 1980s while hiking outside Colorado Springs. The image had been haunting me for over a decade and it was a thrill to see it materialize on the canvas.
I use latex house paint and universal tints as my medium because of its versatility as well as there being virtually no cost per painting. Unlike acrylics or oils the product that is on my pallet can dry out and be reconstituted with just a little water in my brush. Nothing is lost due to drying out. I also have begun to use just the tints as watercolors. Although they don’t perform in exactly the same fashion, I am enjoying a looser approach to creating images. To the best of my knowledge no one else uses this medium.
I use my one car garage as a studio and will often spend an hour here and there painting. Now that I have started using just tints on watercolor paper, my dining table has also become a studio space. Returning to painting has enriched my whole life with positive energy. I paint primarily landscapes because I become lost in the scene and can hear the wind or brook and can smell the rich loam or the scent of evergreens.
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