This watercolor is the 6th in a series [see the line up on my studio table below] of vertical format studies on leftover watercolor paper (Fabriano Artistico 300lb). My stack of yet-to-be-painted paper in this size is generous; it was given to me by Nancy Eckels, my groovy artist friend and sister-in-tallness. We met a little over a decade ago because people thought we were sisters, or each other. Someone came up to me at a local artist association meeting and said "Hi Nancy". I explained that I wasn't Nancy, and was told emphatically that I *had* to meet her, because we're both artists, and we're both tall. It happened again in an airport a few months later, only that time, I didn't have the heart to tell the person - who was rambling on and on about paintings and art and galleries - that I wasn't Nancy. When we finally met, we became fast friends. She taught me how to do an outdoor Art Festival by taking me to one of her shows in Nevada as a roadie. [I remember thinking 'Wow, this is a lot of work!'] Not only is she a great artist, with a heart of gold - she's also a very generous soul; when she cuts paper down to fit the format she's painting her beautiful abstracts in, she brings me bags or paper "scraps" [see the photo of my loot, and paper cutter below]. Since I usually work small, they are perfect for these little studies. Now that I think about it, maybe the tall format of this series of watercolors is an unconscious nod of thanks to the tall artist who gave them to me. :)
Thanks, Nancy. xoxo
If they could talk: early morning chit-chat in the studio
My friend Nancy Eckels at an art festival, next to some of her beautiful [tall] art.
Paper cutter and stacks of watercolor scraps, ready to become paintings.
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