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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Inspirational (and otherwise) Watercolors

As previously mentioned, I've been getting into watercolors. At one point I had the basics (and even some of the more advanced techniques) down. You see, despite showing little artistic promise, I somehow ended up taking a couple years of extracurricular art classes as a kid. Unfortunately, I have forgotten pretty much everything I learned. Fortunately, I still have all the supplies I got in those days, so it's easy to dabble, and dabble I have.

You'll have seen inspirational watercolors all over the internet; they seem to be the new mega-twee decorative tool. Personally, I've never been a big fan of decorating with words. A wall decal that says "Just Breath" really doesn't do it for me (and not just because it's spelled wrong), nor do I find "Dance like nobody's watching" written in calligraphy all that inspiring. Bulletin boards are my one exception to this rule, mostly because I look at the one above my desk on a daily basis, and I like to see something there that makes me want to forge ahead.

Inspirational Watercolors
Inspirational Watercolors
Inspirational Watercolors

These are a few of the phrases and reminders that have helped me kick my butt into gear recently, and I see no reason why they shouldn't be aesthetically pleasing. However, I also see no reason why my use of watercolor should be universally inspiring and pure of heart, which is why I felt really clever to have created the following pieces:

Sarcastic Watercolors
Sarcastic Watercolors

Credit for these quotes goes to Lucille Bluth (Arrested Development) and Tracy Jordan (30 Rock), respectively. I love them because they look generic at first blush, and when you look closer, it's a universal reaction of "What the hell?"

I'm still learning and working out the kinks of the new pastime, but I'm relatively proud of what I've produced so far.

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