Madrona Marsh Watercolor, Transparent Watercolor Marsh


The subject matter is a 40-acre vernal marsh in Torrance which was preserved to illustrate the flora and fauna once predominant in the South Bay area. As a City of Torrance Planning Commissioner, I played a small role in making the marsh become a reality and preserving it from otherwise being “developed.”

 I’m thoroughly convinced painting outdoors and identifying yourself with a particular site inspires you to do your best work. It’s not only the circumstances but beauty of a particular area, the special feeling of light moving about the trees and across the ground; ripples of light that occur as water moves about gently as the wind passes over it; various textures, hues, shapes; temperature fluctuations, however discrete; shapes and forms; everything you have no way of anticipating… but which takes place while you’re there… a couple of hours or so, seated in comfortably so you can take it all in, sense the smells, capture the warmth of the sun on your hands, arms, and legs… and experience those things that awake your senses and inspire your creativity.

Douglas Stenhouse also wrote a book about watercolor painting.

“I decided to write about how I paint, not only to share my observations with others, but also, frankly, to do some self- examination. I wish I had done this earlier in my life! But then, how was I to know I’d benefit from doing so, certainly at a time when I had no aspirations of becoming a professional artist.” 

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Douglas Simms Stenhouse, watercolor artist, transparent water color art, watercolor painter, painting with water colors