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Diane Wallace Art Blog


by WALLACESTUDIOS , March 25, 2011—09:11 AM

Topics: BIRD, accident, art, birds, shows, sparkle, swan, white

My mentor, Dan Hines, passed away a few weeks ago, but I feel his spirit still infuses my paintings. While teaching my watercolor class recently, we opted to paint from some photos I'd taken at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. This particular class involved "seeing" and not just copying from a photo, to help my students develope their "style". I became obsessed with saving the white for the swan and did not wet both the front and back of my paper - a normal process for me - as I feared the paint would naturally run into the big area of white that I wanted to preserve. Needless to say, the water around the swan and the swan itself looked dull and lifeless. Stepping back, I knew what I had to do. I had to be true to my nature. Saturating the paper, loading the paintbrush with juicy paint, and presto...out came sparkle. But with sparkle also came a small run onto the back of the swan. One of my students gasped and handed me a paper towel to blot. Since blue stains so badly, I realized it would never come out...and, more importatnly, I didn't want it to. I felt it was Dan's hand reminding me of happy accidents. Thank you Dan. You definitely taught me how to loosen up! This painting was juried into Medford Art Center's "Works on Paper" show.



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