nature, in ninety seconds

Well, not really. Artist Carel Brest van Kempen timelapsed stills of an acrylic painting to show his work process. It's remarkable how quickly the anole comes to life!

I especially enjoy watching the glazes go on and come off - each time he blots out part of the painting, I think, "oh NO!" But that's because I work in watercolor, which is pretty near irreversible. Acrylic is much more forgiving.

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I prefer to think of watercolor as a cat: it cooperates when it feels like it, as dictated by a completely stochastic process in its tiny brain, and only when cooperation is least important to you. At all other times, it reserve the right to draw blood.