Blobs and Scratches, Blue Heron Painting # 2,537


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Blue herons in my dreams.  Never moving, always still.

This one started so magically.  In ten minutes I had a loose sketch– thin paint that flowed across the canvas.  But real paintings can’t take ten minutes.  Impossible.


So I worked it and worked it with the palette knife which is blobbing and scratching, far less graceful.

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I love painting both ways– flowing, streaking and also piling, scratching.  But I wish sometimes I could just stop.  Or learn to develop that which is loose and free without jailing it and stealing its spirit.

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Denise Hopkins

August 18, 2014

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