Watercolor: Makes You Stronger

Makes You Stronger 11×4 Watercolor on paper

My happy-dance twirling continues in the studio, and the gerbil wheels of my rusty creative urges are starting to squeak back to life and roll along happily. These long-format figurative warm-ups are helping. I have a show coming up in four weeks, and I had big plans for a series of urban scenes that were supposed to be well underway. I’ve got two more of these studies to post this week, painted on scrap paper my friend Nancy Eckels gave me after cropping sheets for her large scale abstracts. In the meantime, I’m working on the facade of a theater, with whorled architectural elements and all sorts of meditative geometry. Back in the swing, and very happy about it. 🙂 Thanks to all of you for the very nice, very sweet welcome back messages! You make me know how blessed I am to have such a shiny network of awesome folks in the world and the blogosphere.


At Quote
You have made tremendous strides in art. Your drawing is strong, your colors are true. You have rid yourself of that limp Flandrinian-Lamothian line work of that gray, leaden color. There is no need to keep tormenting yourself, my dear Edgar; you have set an excellent course. Set your mind at rest, and through calm but steady and unabated work persevere along this path you have chosen. It is yours and nobody else’s. Work in peace, I tell you, stay on track, and rest assured that you will succeed in achieving great things. You have a bright future ahead of you; don’t lose heart, don’t worry yourself so. ~Written to Edgar Degas – from his father Auguste De Gas in the summer of 1858

5 thoughts on “Watercolor: Makes You Stronger”

  1. I love these long-format paintings too! It’s amazing how a little change can re-energize creativity.

    I haven’t checked your blog in a while, so I’m glad to hear you are well and back in the swing.

  2. Dear, dear Belinda, I only now stopped long enough to read that you’d been ill. I’m so glad you’ve recovered and are in full creativity and health again! I’m enjoying your new paintings and the tall format. Please take good care of yourself!

  3. I’m glad you are feeling better and able to venture back into the studio. May the rest of your summer be bright, sunny, and happy!

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