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Born a Texan, but traveled the US extensively.  Now staying on the East coast.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


This is my finished project! There may be some items that are not accurate, but we know 1) the 2 story portion was built after the civil war, 2) the back room didn't exist at first 3) there was no bathroom 4) there was a porch on the west side of the house just past where the bathroom exists now. Anyway this is my rendition. I must have started it a number of years ago when I was trying to force my self to paint and couldn't do it. I figure the tumor may have had something to do with this. Changing the problems in the first picture to the final was a bit difficult because I work best with cold press paper or watercolor board, this was rough absorbent paper. My eyes gave me fits at times, losing focus for no apparent reason, I would go from my reading glasses (with prisms) to the distance glasses (also with prisms) trying to get my eyes to work correctly. It does something very good for me to know I am able to do this again.

For those who want to know, the following are the materials I work with (okay you artist types!). A beat up brush from an old 'prang' watercolor set is essential, as are the fine brushes and the sponge and a blotting paper! My preference has always been watercolor board or heavy weight cold press paper (hot press will do also). I love working with detail and dry brushes except when I do skies (then it has to be wet paper and brush).
Any way this is my therapy now!

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