Chinese Geese Arts Council – Watercolor

“I have learned, as a rule of thumb, never to ask whether you can do something. Say, instead, that you are doing it. Then fasten your seat belt. The most remarkable things follow.”
– Julia Cameron

Chinese Geese Arts Council – Watercolor

“We are the Chinese Geese Arts Council.  The thing we like best about spring is our first plein air location scouting trip.  We just love gadding about in the woods together.  Do geese get poison ivy?” 😀

This little ATC went to Kitty in the Netherlands.   I have only been plein air painting a few times.  I have to admit, I wasn’t very good about painting what I saw.  When I started painting what I wanted to paint,  influenced by what I saw, it went much better.    Does that make sense?  🙂

About Julia Cameron

American author Julia Cameron has become an icon in the creative community for her best-selling self-help book, The Artist’s Way, which guides people through a series of simple but profound exercises to awaken their creativity. She grew up in Chicago and has been writing seriously since age 18. In addition to her 28 books, she has written plays, screenplays, and songs. She was married to film director Martin Scorsese and has one daughter. She currently lives in New York.

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lindahalcombfineart
    Mar 31, 2011 @ 16:29:05

    Beth, there some artists that are so unique that they MUST go their own way. You took what you saw and made it better. Bravo!

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  2. Joan T
    Mar 31, 2011 @ 10:33:19

    They look like they’re going to a party! Good job on all the recent ones.

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  3. lesliepaints
    Mar 31, 2011 @ 08:52:27

    I think it makes perfect sense. I had to acquire a taste for my own work when painting “live”. One sees differently. I like to say that I try to take the best from both worlds. Then, what a mind-bender when you paint without reference of any sort but what comes from your mind. These geese must be family with their blue top knots. 🙂

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    • Beth Parker
      Mar 31, 2011 @ 08:59:32

      Thanks, Leslie! It is pretty cool to paint from your own mind. That was the only way I painted in the 70’s. Painting from photos is how I got back to my art after a long absence. Now I really want to learn to paint from life. I think it would really help me to improve. 🙂

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