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At The Window
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Watercolor

I like how this painting ended up, and I think it's partially due to the very low expectations I had for it!  A darkened, monochromatic room, a single standing figure silhouetted, I thought it was going to be a boring painting.  The process of painting it turned out to be a lot more dramatic than I thought.  

For a litany of reasons, I ended up inventing the drapery entirely---something I try not to do when everything else is portrayed this realistically.  Halfway through, I thought I was going to have to scrap the entire painting, and just about everything else was finished.  Not a good feeling.  The nice thing about watercolor is if you keep painting while something is going wrong, you get more and more desperate.  In that state of mind, I took a large brush and washed over the entire bedspread...and it looked more promising.  From there I was able to finish it.

As an aside, I just love how the peanut butter crackers turned out with the little bar code.  It made my day.

 

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