NMSG Watercolors

A tilted world of shadow and light, wind shiny grasses and water in flight

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A tilted world of shadow and light
Wind shiny grasses and water in flight
My tangled intensions have followed my fears
But all of a sudden I’m all the way here
I fell into a feather
I fell into a feather
I fell into a feather and caught all the light

Nancy Gorman mostly paints in her studio and out and about Cape Ann in fall, winter, and spring, and from a small sailboat amongst the Maine islands in summer. She finds watercolor the perfect medium for her watery world.

“I paint because I want to keep what I see. I could use a camera, but then I would have to look at the picture to remember, and cameras seldom see what the eye does. When I paint or draw something, it becomes part of me. Sometimes I paint what I see, just as I see it. It is enough as it is. Sometimes I distill what I see into its essence, seeing how much I can leave out and still retain the beauty. There is something about the distilling process that brings me joy. Painting outside en plein air is easier than painting in my studio because what I am feeling is right there before me. Painting in my studio is harder; that takes music and many cups of tea. I find pulling water around with my brush endlessly intriguing. I love the nowness of it, how it forces me to abandon myself in the moment. I see the deep peace of things, the wild grief, the elation, the quiet familiarity, the layer of magic underneath what our eyes see. Seeing comforts me and entertains me. When I paint something, it becomes part of me. I get to keep it, and I get to show others what I see, just as I see it. I hope my artwork brings the same peace and comfort and memories to others.”

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