Water is vital for life. Water is in continuous motion. Water cycles through evaporation, condensation, precipitation. Water heals. Water… erodes.

Water is an experimental series of paintings. The human narrative is still there, but the subjects are now interconnected with this additional elemental force. As paint is applied to the canvas, the water will deteriorate that same paint and wash it away. Colors bleed, the subjects are obscured, and the water brings an extension of emotion. As with all my works, I ask the viewer to bring their own interpretation to each painting, and create a new and unique story each time the work is viewed.

This piece was an experimental portrait, completed in just over 4 hours. I tried to keep it loose and the colors flowing, as well as attempting a softer approach than some of my other more recent works.

The Entire Ocean in One Drop
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 30 inches
Painted 2018 by Matt Cauley


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