Watercolors.  Back to Basics.

Simplicity…..   I like it.

Its about the basics.

Trying to express with the brush, what you see and ‘feel.’



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Simplicity … it can be,   complicated



A watercolor Christmas holiday tree, kept nice and easy.

Not with all the hoopla, and dizzying busy-ness that makes our heads spin.


This was deliberate.

Created with simplicity in mind.


Done with  the specific targeted goal  of trying to paint  “simplicity.”

And then hoping,  that feeling of Simplicity,  might follow me around elsewhere.

Even if, it was just the rest of the day. Or week.





Creative Watercolor Zone


My mind was in the creative zone.

I shut off everything else.


This painting….

it didn’t take long.

I didn’t need to devote precious,  Time.

All I spent in total, was 5 minutes.


The brush danced along and I had fun watching it move.

Yes… I know,

I was holding the brush.


But I was really, only gently directing its pathways.

I wasn’t forcing it or ‘making it’  go anywhere.


There was no rigid tight control freak in charge….today.  I’m not, perfect!



It is this part of The Art Basics, that often gets left out of art classes.

The Partnership.

The one-ness between you and the brush, the paints, the papers, ie your materials.


And its this Partnership that enables you, to master Simplicity.





You might like to view Tony Smibert’s art images at smibert.com  

He is a current, internationally known artist who most certainly,

has mastered the art of Simplicity.


Magic happens in so few, beautiful brush strokes.

Tony works in both watercolors and abstracts, and acrylic on canvas.