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recollections of an artist

These photos are documentation of my friend DIP’s* DIY project.

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I helped her stretch paper over the stretchers she purchased

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And once it dried, she was ready to paint her first piece of art ever. She knew she wanted it to be a rich cobalt blue.  We put her in an apron, I handed her a brush and with the first stroke, she began her “blue period”.

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Many strokes and canvas rotations later, here was her finished product.  I forgot what it was like to be so new to art.  Afraid of making mistakes, thinking I would “mess it up”.  It was a great reminder to me to watch her complete her piece and see her face of satisfaction.  It’s a feeling that can only come from standing back from a completed work and be truly happy knowing you completed the piece and really love it.

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Finally, we moved it to her flat in DC and here it is in its new home.  Another artist is now among us.

*Name has been changed to protect her identity.

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