Monday, January 21, 2013

Lessons from the Tao of H2O color

lesson #1 
The Universe
like a bellows,
is always emptying,
always full.
The more it yields,
the more it holds.
Tao Te Ching
 a simple law of the Universe.
The more you give
the more you receive
lesson #2
Let life ripen and then fall;
Force is not the way at all
                                                Tao Te Ching
Let go of  any precious plans
you may have for your work.
Learn to go with the flow.
A dear friend Judie recently sent me a beautiful book.
 The Tao of Watercolor

To me much of doing art is a spiritual practice
so this book will be well used.
It is delightful to play
with watercolors again.
Thank you Judie
consider lesson #1



  1. Beautiful, glorious post! I love that you likened art making to spiritual practice, I totally agree!
    These paintings are so vibrant, Gemma, they look like stained glass. ♥♥♥

  2. I love the freedom and sheer colour of your watercolours Gemma, and I agree - there's definitely something "Tao" about painting!

  3. These are awesome, girl. You are really good with wc. Perfect color coordination, so pleasing to the eye, so free. xo

  4. Wow! I like the watercolor know that first one is my favorite! That book seems like it's very inspiring, and one I haven't seen.

  5. I really like the sound of that book! And I agree with Janet - the first painting is my favourite, I love the colours.

  6. Same picture, different colors, totally different emotions evoked. I thought I would be drawn to the blue but it was the red that drew me in.

  7. How perfect is that...go with the flow...watercolor zen.