I practice watercolor painting. Not like a physician practices medicine, rather I practice because watercolor is part craft and part magic. The craft is all about the learned skills-how to use the tools, how to master a wash, saving light, which colors blend well together. The magic comes from within the artist. It is in the choices she makes ~ the colors she chooses for spring grasses, the way she shapes a branch.
Some paintings ~ the special ones ~ have an extra...something...it is as if a higher power speaks through eye or hand, guiding the efforts of the artist.
So I practice. I seek inspiration in my daily travels. I choose my special blends of colors. I use my pens and pencils to enhance line and texture and color. And every time I paint, I wait in anticipation of that moment when I feel the guidance of something beyond the normal experience that turns it into magic.
...art is born in the soul of the artist...