Paintings, forests, people and "ogres are like onions. We both [all] have layers (Shrek reference)." Watercolor paintings are built up by painting in layers. Letting one dry and then adding another. You can add the same color on top or a different layer to get more depth and complexity of color. It takes patience and time.

Same with new growth in a forest. Have you ever seen what happens in the years after a forest fire? There are some surviving tall trees here and there, and then a layer of new growth rises up. But it takes patience and time.

And what about us? Layers and layers, and years and years of growth. 


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18" x 12" Watercolor collage on paper

"Layers of Growth" - Watercolor collage on paper