Day 6: 365 Days of Photos


Watercolor
by Shelia Earl

It is both exhilarating and intimidating
to face the blankness of that
clean, white, porous
paper
at the beginning of
what is to “be”.

I love watching the mix of
color and water
as it hits the surface
of the empty white sheet
and combines in perfect harmony ---
to express feeling, to portray an event,
to bring a face to life for the first time
in this exact way.

I am amazed at how the brush feels
in my hand as it pushes and pulls
the medium into shapes
that are recognizable.

Colors running together
with a mind of their own ---
dancing around each other
until imagination or
the movement of the brush
causes them to combine spontaneously
and at the same time.

Whether a landscape of a place visited in reality
or dreamed about,
a person encountered in the course of life-happenings,
or an emotion that flows
from an untapped source of inspiration –

This is my favorite part of the experience:
the story the colors tell..

The painting begins with that first brushstroke
and ends as the
“eye of the beholder”
claims the story it tells
as part of her own.




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