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Building a Color Record

I always tote along a few plastic bags and a small garden snipper. It still amazes me how much the colors in one location can change week by week. We all are intuitively linked to the seasons by those changes in color and by how the world smells and the quality of the light. I havenít yet figured out how to express the smells of the world, but I believe an artist can help a viewer remember those smells by being true to the light and colors of a season.

I donít make color photographic records. The shortcomings of color film and even the better digital cameras are among the reasons I do what I do. If Iím traveling light without watercolor equipment (increasingly, as the planetís gravity gets stronger!) Iíll bring the plant materials, soil samples, and who-knows-what-else home to work on. I record on a 9" x 12" Arches hot pressed watercolor block with the same Marshallís photo retouch colors that I use to color photographs.


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