Saturday, 24 July 2010

Brushstroke After Brushstroke.

"On the Beach"
Original watercolour by Jean Haines
A sense of movement, life and emotion.

Sometimes I return to favourite subjects that I have painted previously. This child  is a young lad I saw when I was in Hong Kong visiting one of the islands. From a fish restaurant nearby I sat and watched as he found treasure after treasure.Shells, small pebbles and items that many adults would simply pass by. To this small boy each was something  incredible worth taking the time to touch, study and enjoy.

We grow and as our lives become busy we often miss so much. It is the same whilst painting in watercolour. We can miss the small wonders of a painting as it develops purely by being in such a race to get to the finished result. For me every brushstroke brings the joy felt by a child such as this on the beach. Each mark on paper is a treasure that leads to another and every stage leads me to somewhere else that is just as fantastic.

How we learn from the innocence of a child in so many ways.



Crystal Cook said...

Beautiful painting and wonderful post. So very true :)

A Brush with Color said...

Lovely! And yes, it's always remarkable watching the world through the eyes of a child. We can all learn from their sense of wonder and awe.

Arti said...

childhood is such a sweet thing!Very beautiful painting.

Sparrowhawk said...

so well written.. the joy of each brush stroke is what make your paintings so meaningful! after reading your write up i could count almost all the pebbles.