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Encountering Color: Contemplative Art Practice

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Encountering Color: Contemplative Art Practice


Facilitated by Lydia Kelley

Painting watercolors is a state of mind. Watercolor can be a flowing and freeing medium, especially when we can allow the color to speak to us, through the dynamic vehicle of water. We can experience the strength and transparency of colors, sometimes through wonderful “accidents” that happen with the flow of colors, not achievable by another medium. Colors relate to each other on the wet or dry paper, often creating new colors that are not easily explained. As the seasons darken into mists of gray we invite you to open yourself to the wells of color in life.  

Every day I will give you a color,

like a new flower in a bud vase

on your desk.

        - Colors passing through us, Marge Piercy

Lydia Kelley (BFA, University of Cincinnati, 1989) is an educator, as well as the curator for Hoffner Lodge Gallery in Cincinnati’s Northside neighborhood. She has had many years’ experience with watercolor painting in the wet-on-wet technique, commonly seen in Waldorf classrooms around the world. She especially enjoys color explorations in wet-on-wet watercolor, for its liveliness. She feels that it allows her to enjoy and play with color, while at the same time, observe and ponder its effects, a way to merge art and science. As a style and medium, watercolor can be particularly well suited for beginners who want to deepen their own experience of color, both on a sheet of paper and in how they see the world. Lydia lives in North Avondale with her husband, and two children. In addition to ‘playing with color’, she loves to read, cook, knit, make baskets, and is learning to play guitar.



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