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‘Muse of the Sea’ Back Story

18933 Muse of the Sea wc on paper 11x15 sm

Muse of the Sea, 11×15, watercolor on paper

Every once in a while I work on an idea for no particular reason, with no particular outcome in mind. I had done some sketches and small watercolors using a mermaid as the main feature. I continued working to find a look for the mermaid ‘muse’ that for me was more real–but not realistic. Imperfections and all.

The way watercolor works provides beautiful accidental back runs, blooms and bleeds, blends and stains. Its one media that has a mind of its own yet provides unintentional options to an artist like myself who loves the unplanned happenings of color and water. For instance the soft greenish color of the mermaid’s arms appeared as I was scraping the lines of the drawing through wet color. I liked the way they provided a shadow-like sense in the foreground and brought a dusky feel to the piece. I’ll be exploring this further…

Lesson learned: Let water be watery.  

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  1. Ted Trainer #

    Ann, i live in Kennebunk ME and have enjoyed your paintings. As a Trainor You are part of a large family spread around the world and still grounded innCounty Monaghan Ireland. A few tears ago i started a Facebook page for all of us to share our stories. We now have over 2600 members. I know this group would love to see your work and invite you to investigate this group. You can best do that by becoming my FB Friend and i can add you to the group. You can then explore it and opt to stay or not. We are having our first ever global gathering next May in County Monaghan Ireland

    Regards, Ted Trainer

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    July 31, 2018

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