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down the rabbit hole
“Down the Rabbit Hole”
8″x 11″, Arches £140 cold pressed
watercolor, gold ink, pastel
{alas the gold does not photograph well}

I love this purple, Winsor&Newton cobalt,  in a very pale wash because it’s almost pink. And every shade of pink to rose to magenta. And I also think blue, from indigo to pthalo turquoise, is fabulous. Along with their complements of yellows and oranges. (Green is not a favorite but it certainly has it’s place, most especially Permanent Green Light.)
Rarely do I spare much of the white paper, probably for obvious reasons.

As for the painting itself, I have a fertile imagination.  And I garden with many little creatures who like my garden almost as much as I do. Except instead of planting flowers, they eat them.

I imagined their underground world they loved so well. I didn’t plan to paint an entire Kingdom of Gopher when I began but after the first bright splashes of color, I was looking right in the stained glass windows.

I have a penchant for hiding things. For finding surprises even I don’t predict.
I love to hide things, people, animals and images in my work.
If you look closely at this painting, you will see the little guys have back alleys, turrets, castles(of course), high-rise condos and little boxes on the hillside.

They have trees and flower beds.
I have no idea what their garden nemesis is but am sure they’re there somewhere.
Finally I added windows lit from within and the moon; a few little holes in which to enter their private kingdom.
I mean… everyone needs a front door.

May you find a peaceable kingdom wherever you are, golden or otherwise.

Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.
T. S. Eliot

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