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British Mineral Artist Barbara Stanley (b. 1948)

Watercolors as an art medium can be tricky to use. The inexperienced might “overwork” the painting and end up with a muddied mess, thus losing the pleasure of their wonderful transparency and lightness. Barbara Stanley's watercolor paintings of minerals reveal that she is experienced with that medium and can take command of it. Her introduction to minerals came when she met James Catmur, a local mineral collector who attended one of her open studio exhibits. She had been interested in painting images of minerals but “lacked any source material. His collection is wonderful, and I've been allowed to take specimens home to ‘have a go’.” The results are evident in the images here. Stanley says, “I mostly work in watercolor but occasionally in graphite pencil or Chinese ink.”

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