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“Seascapes are still my favorite. Maybe my 100th one will finally be my perfect one!”

In my early 20’s, when I got my first apartment on my own, I realized I hated blank walls. Applying what I learned in high-school art classes, I created collages, drawings and simple artwork to hang on the walls. I certainly couldn’t afford to “buy” anything, so I made my own art. Since that time, I’ve never felt truly “at home” unless some type of artwork added color and balance to every room.

Over the years, I experimented with different mediums. At first “calendar” collages were the easiest and most satisfying. I would cut scenarios from calendars, cut them up, and put them together in ways to create my own final piece. At first, I wanted to create a “rainbow” effect (red-orange-yellow-green-blue-indigo-violet), selecting scenarios to suggest that theme. As time went on, I created more varied thematic collages.

In my retirement years, I took an online watercolor course, and after that, I decided to experiment on acrylic oils. I began with simple “rainbow-color” scenarios, adding a single pair of eyes to suggest the idea that our personal realities are created not only by how we perceive the world… but also how the world “sees” us.

I love seascapes because (I swear!) whatever fish you can imagine, it’s out there somewhere in a body of water. When a friend asked me to do her portrait, I experimented on that and after many mistakes and do-overs (which is a wonderful way to learn techniques and craftsmanship), I produced a few portraits which were reasonably displayable. None are perfect. If I study any single one, I can see how something can be improved, but then I’d have to start all over again. I’ve had to discipline myself to move on after each “completed” piece.

Seascapes are still my favorite. Maybe my 100th one will finally be my perfect one! So far, I have a long way to go. What makes it fun is that each piece has an area which was the result of some “accident” or “mistake.” Discovery is always possible, and that’s exciting!

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