Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.
--William Feather (1889-1981)
2019 has been a transformational year. What I mean by that is that I have been deviating from my traditional watercolors to acrylics. I have literally gone back to school! While they are both water based mediums they are not even remotely related as cousins. Watercolors have a breadth and luminosity to them that are unmatched when masterfully handling the medium with wet on wet techniques allowing the paper to reflect the light back at your eye.
Today I have a new love affair. Acrylic paints challenge me. They literally kick my butt at times and keep me humble. That might not be a place where you care to be, but after creating more than 3500 watercolors in my career it became second nature. I felt like I could literally paint with my eyes closed. I became too comfortable.
Changing mediums has breathed a new dimension into my work that I'm grateful for. It puts me on the fence, makes me earn it, so to speak. And along the way there are pitfalls but there are also some delightful surprises that I never see coming.
I thought I would simply share a bit of those intimate moments when the battle is on.