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One of my college instructors made watercolor lots more interesting by
taking us out by a creek, there we created abstractions using dry
pigments, dyes, charcoal, sand, all sorts of things.... the results were
awesome. We then used these as a background for a dry painting of more
concrete objects, animals, people, etc. We also went outdoors almost
every day to paint the environment. I learned a LOT about clouds...
nothing is static, light changes, etc... these are all important
concepts that are best understood in fresh air rather than in a
Your questions about the "ranking" of fine art are good... I need more
time to ponder them. For some reason much of the western world has a
narrow view of the definition and value of various artforms. Personally,
I find what we call craft and folk art much more intriguing (SP).
Have a great time!
Kayenta Intermediate School