Artis­tic El­e­ments – Parts 4 & 5

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The Magic of Wa­ter & Mak­ing the Ab­so­lute Most of Light By Robert Ha­gan

Wa­ter is the ul­ti­mate foil for the artist. It can be any­thing you want it to be. It can be vi­o­lent or pas­sive, gloomy or glee­ful, sup­port­ive or ab­nox­ious—it can be what­ever you want it to be. And that’s its magic.

Lately I’ve been get­ting my head deeper in the wa­ter to find out how good an el­e­ment it can be as an ac­tive driv­ing el­e­ment in ad­di­tion to be­ing a sup­port­ive sec­ondary ve­hi­cle. The ex­er­cise here will be about how to use wa­ter run­ning over rapids and rock shelves to be the “paint­ing within the paint­ing.” I want this to be the sec­ond most im­por­tant el­e­ment in the nar­ra­tive. So off I went to crawl around the Fry­ing Pan stream that sits up val­ley be­hind the mag­i­cal lit­tle town­ship of Basalt in the Aspen val­ley.

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