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The Artist - about Thomas Freeman
I spent many years of my youth in Michigan. And I enjoyed walking through the woods and fields and dunes. The slow pace of rural living helped form my appreciation of the outdoors.

So to a great extent, most of what I enjoy painting or sketching today is along the back roads and the ocean.

I usually start by taking photos and doing rough sketches in areas that interest me, following with additional color thumbnails that I translate into watercolor paintings - mostly half sheets.

I like to wet the paper first and let the colors run - usually using large flat brushes. I then use a variety of smaller flats, grounds and riggers for details - as well as sponges, tissues and stiff oil brushes for texture.

By painting in the studio, I can take the time to change the lighting, seasons or the colors. Or even combine elements to produce a more creative painting.

The exciting part of watercolors is that you never really know how the final painting will turn out. I have been painting watercolors for many years, and there is always something new that surprises me.

See artist commentary and large images on our Watercolor Tour
17 Mile Drive
Fall in Brandywine
North Coast Surf
God's Country
Tranquil Afternoon



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