Postcard Painting Inspiration ~ Life Affirming Action

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Postcard Painting Inspiration

How Could One Small Painting Make Such an Impact?

Will this story inspire you
to pick up the brush
and try an experiment?

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experimental watercolor postcard, Hollyhock Dream

I haven’t thought about this postcard painting inspiration since I painted it two years ago in France. I found it stuck down in a drawer when I went searching for my Tuscan Sun watercolor. When I pulled it out, it looked better than I remembered it. I threw it on the worktable thinking I might mount it and hang it beside my bed.

It floated around on my studio worktable niggling at me for a week or so. Finally the urge to paint it again ~ bigger ~ became so overwhelming it distracted me at every turn. I figured if I just gave in and painted it I’d get it out of my way. Wow, was I in for a surprise!

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Hollyhock Dream, oil on canvas

When I set up the first canvas, two others nearby shouted to be next. I gave in and blocked them in with toned primer. Letting go never felt so comfortable!

It was then that I remembered planting a small water lily in a crock on my deck last summer. I  had just moved it to a pond of its own because its roots overflowed the small crock. When I repotted it I discovered it had sprouted four lilies. Recognizing myself in the lily made me smile inside. Assured I was in the right place I kept painting.

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Something Blooming, oil on canvas

It took a week or so to finish painting all three of these. Snippets of time between other obligations were hard to find. Yet each time I touched them ~they came to life ~ and so did I.

 Hollyhock Dream led to Something Blooming, then to A Lily Pond of My Own. ~ I am astounded to see the abstract floral landscapes I painted in pastel as a young woman dripping with wet paint before me .  I never dreamed I would find her again. I truly thought she was lost forever.

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A Lily Pond of My Own, oil 

How is it that painting such a small insignificant watercolor could be such a life affirming action?

This is the inspiration that leads me to create The Painting Lesson Virtual Artist Residency. If my small story inspires one person to pick up a brush and stroke color on paper, to feel the color energy beating in their heart a little faster ~ my joy will double.

perhaps you will pick up a brush and try an experiment.

Play Along with the Muses


Postcard Painting Inspiration
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Author: Dorothy Fagan

Dorothy's newest oil paintings are lush abstract floral and colorful landscapes. She creates one-of-a-kind jackets from her paintings, printing and hand painting fabrics in her Virginia studio. Her studio is open by appointment on the Virginia Artisan Trail Network. See Visiting & Tours Information for details.

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