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Throughout my life, painting has always been an opportunity for release. A time to relax and regain peace of mind during times that were filled with fear and uncertainty. I go into a painting not knowing how it will turn out in the end. Using the medium of watercolor, I allow the paint to flow freely, and with minimal manipulation I ultimately allow the painting to create itself. Knowing that while painting, I am able to let go of structure and control, and still create something that is beautiful has. It always been a fascinating quality that I have come to enjoy so much about watercolor.

This experience is what inspired my series Release. In this series, I work in an intuitive and non-objective manner to best portray the flowing and unrestrained freedom I experience when painting. My works explore the effects that certain colors have on the viewer. I chose to use colors that promote a calm and positive state of mind. I use large amounts of color to convey my desire to be surrounded by the positive effects of each color. Inversely, the smaller darker images represent things in my life that cause stress, fear, or sadness. The cord symbolizes myself and the connection between the range of emotions represented through each painting.


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    • © 2019 Sarah Morgan Dowell, All Rights Reserved

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    • 30533

  • Date submitted

    19 July 2022

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    • Watercolor, 39'' x 44''