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Standing back
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

I was watching an online watercolor class when the instructor said to stand back occasionally to see what you are doing and to avoid overworking your painting. My mind immediately switched gears to how those two rules about watercolor art apply to all of life.
In order to see how we are doing in relationship to people, to our jobs, hobbies, pets, planet and, well, everything, it pays to stand back and take a long look. It is that old “can’t see the forest for the trees” idea. Going to the top of a nearby hill and looking down at the forest gives us a totally different and hopefully insightful view as opposed to standing in the forest. Standing back from a watercolor I am doing shows me a totally different view and leads me to make changes I need to

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 2:47 PM

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