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Denver Watercolor Class Teacher Dennis Pendleton

Storytelling - Small Gems #2

How can a painting tell a story? When an artist paints, the stage is set similar to the way a writer begins a book. The story for this painting, "Front Yard in Steamboat Springs," began when I observed this large tree creating a canopy over the white picket fence. It reminded me of bygone days when playing in the yard under a shade tree and I wanted to convey that memory in this watercolor. I made the tree the main character as it dominates everything with its branches and cast shadows. When purchasing from an artist, you get more than just a painting. You get a moment of the artist's life. If you can obtain any memorabilia, like a letter, from the artist that also enhances the value as well as your own appreciation. You will have your own reasons the painting speaks to you and is compelling but also know that you are providing the artist more time to do something they are passionate about. No one buys a painting to look at it only once. I will address this topic in my next email in three days. Happy Painting! Dennis Pendleton

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