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PRODUCT STORY
Sarah says: In January of 2014 I began working in the medium of watercolors along with my oils. I found this new work challenging and freeing in a whole new exciting way. With oils there is a margin for error and fixing what is not preferred just by moving your brush over it or worst case scenario the handy turpentine to remove what you want to change. This ability to fix and change whatever is on the canvas tends to make me very meticulous of every little line and detail which can sometimes cause me to overwork the subject or abstraction and then I must spend the time working the canvas to find that natural feel and movement it possessed before I read too much into the particular part of the painting.

I decided to embark on watercolor to challenge me to no longer have that margin of error. I needed an unforgiving medium that I could still work in my style of combining abstractions and detailed subjects. Watercolor fit that bill. I enjoy earthly natural subjects such as florals, birds, and sea creatures. My watercolors explore those subjects in a more surreal realism which like my oils tends to blend into an abstraction.
MATERIALS
Watercolor, oil
ARTIST / DESIGNER
Sarah Garcia
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Cassie, UncommonGoods

May 07, 2014 03:52:25 PM

Sarah combined oils and watercolors to create this abstract nature scene. Read her statement in the product story to learn more about why she decided to mix these media, then let us know if this beautiful bird has your vote.

Modesto
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May 07, 2014 08:25:00 PM

Amazing piece. I love the emotion and feel this piece gives.

Modesto
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May 07, 2014 08:25:01 PM

Amazing piece. I love the emotion and feel this piece gives.

Modesto
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May 07, 2014 08:28:10 PM

I love the emotion and feeling this amazing piece gives off.

Kevin
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May 07, 2014 08:38:23 PM

This is fabulous and one of many great works by Sarah.

Cristina
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May 07, 2014 08:41:02 PM

Beautiful Watercolor!

Sarah
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May 07, 2014 08:45:49 PM

Thanks on advance for all the likes and comments :)Sarah Janece Garcia

Sarah
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May 07, 2014 08:45:51 PM

Thanks on advance for all the likes and comments :) Sarah Janece Garcia

Jan
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May 07, 2014 08:57:51 PM

Absolutely beautiful. The hummingbird is majestic. The eye looks as though you can see the soul of this hummer. The fragile yet powerful strength of this bird shines though. Great job Sarah!

Denise
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May 07, 2014 09:07:32 PM

I have been following this artist since 2005 and her talent never ceases to amaze me. Brilliant!

Jan
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May 07, 2014 09:09:12 PM

I am amazed. The beauty and detail in your watercolors is absolutely awesome! You can see the hummers soul in the eye. I love the strength yet such a fragile touch. Just beautiful Sarah!

robyn
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May 07, 2014 09:35:10 PM

Sarah is such a giftesd artist! Her paintings are amazing!

Susan
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May 07, 2014 09:38:21 PM

Sarah used everything she could imagine to come up with this beautiful bird, colors are exquisite, and her detail is perfect.

Melanie
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May 07, 2014 09:41:26 PM

Beautiful!

amhir
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May 07, 2014 09:45:57 PM

Love this watercolor painting.

carli
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May 07, 2014 10:01:00 PM

Get it girl!

moe
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May 07, 2014 10:12:28 PM

Love it!

Roseanne
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May 07, 2014 10:15:46 PM

Beautiful! Love the movement and choice of floors with nature!

Megan
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May 07, 2014 11:52:39 PM

This piece is so pretty! I love all of the colors! I have seen Sarah's work in person and it really is amazing.

Socorro
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May 07, 2014 11:55:09 PM

Very nice!!!

rick
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May 08, 2014 12:53:27 AM

Loving this...talented indeed..rick klepach

Sarah
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May 08, 2014 05:22:11 AM

Love it!

Lari
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May 08, 2014 08:25:45 AM

Such a beautifully delicate yet very strong watercolor. I really like the way you captured the action.

Lari
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May 08, 2014 08:25:45 AM

Such a beautifully delicate yet very strong watercolor. I really like the way you captured the action.

donna
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May 08, 2014 09:50:39 AM

Sarah is an amazing artist..

bekah
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May 08, 2014 10:03:32 AM

I love the color and movement in this piece. Beautiful!

Marlon
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May 08, 2014 10:57:57 AM

This watercolor painting is amazing!

Marlon
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May 08, 2014 10:57:57 AM

This watercolor painting is amazing!

Cilla
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May 08, 2014 10:02:34 PM

I love the movement of flight that you have captured in the hummingbird.

Jesus
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May 08, 2014 11:03:25 PM

Good luck winning the first place.

Elisa romero
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May 08, 2014 11:56:32 PM

Great job!

Sarah
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May 09, 2014 04:54:24 AM

Wow thanks everyone for all the votes and nice comments. Below is the explanation of what inspired this piece: This piece titled First Light is inspired by a Pueblo story that speaks of a majestic hummingbird being a savior to their nation when the earth caught fire. Legend has it that when this nation"s beautiful land and people were in danger a hummingbird went and gathered the clouds from the north, south, east and west. While on its quest for the rain clouds the hummingbird flew through a rainbow and it is believed that is where the bird got its beautiful colors. After gathering these clouds the rain put out the flames and the magnificent hummingbird saved the nation. My painting "First Light" is meant to capture the majestic savior flying through the sky in that first sunlight after the rain storm that saved the people and land from the fire. The idea of a small and brave creature of the sky saving a piece of our earth truly inspired me to recapture that golden moment when the clouds parted and the sun shined on that saved nation.

Jan
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May 09, 2014 08:00:28 AM

Keep it Sarah. Your watercolors are amazing! I love the detail you put into Watercolor. You deserve this award!

Aaron
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May 09, 2014 10:33:17 AM

Awesome work!

Jesus villalobos
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May 09, 2014 11:06:07 AM

Good luck

Roz
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May 09, 2014 11:25:57 AM

LOVE you work, Sarah! Your story of how you came to embark on your journey with watercolor to 'free' yourself and take your art to another level is inspirational. I would buy this piece in a heartbeat.....

Rosario
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May 09, 2014 11:49:12 AM

Wonderful piece by Sarah, love the colors

Audrey
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May 09, 2014 12:03:12 PM

This is amazing! I love how the colors are blended!

David

May 09, 2014 02:37:59 PM

Sarah's work is excellent, very saleable.

Debbie
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May 09, 2014 03:02:52 PM

Beautiful hummingbird watercolor!

Dj menYO
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May 09, 2014 03:21:53 PM

Wow what great work ! I'd pay top dollar just to have this exquisite masterpiece hanging on my wall! Love it !

VIE
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May 09, 2014 08:42:18 PM

Congrats to Sarah! As always, dynamic work!

VIE
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May 09, 2014 08:42:18 PM

Congrats to Sarah! As always, dynamic work!

Linda
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May 10, 2014 08:58:18 AM

As a bird lover/watcher, the motion of the wings that appears to be occurring in this watercolor is really beautiful and amazing; the colors are fantastic too.

Keith
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May 10, 2014 10:41:27 AM

I love the powerful grace combined with the colors and forms of nature that Sarah translates into each piece that she creates. Thank you Sarah for letting us experience the world through your eyes.

Amanda
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May 10, 2014 10:56:04 AM

Absolutely beautiful!

Alice
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May 11, 2014 12:46:32 PM

Awesome! Great watercolor.

Jan
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May 11, 2014 03:15:53 PM

Let's make this happen for Sarah!

Manuel
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May 12, 2014 05:42:22 AM

Amazing Talent!

RUTH
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May 12, 2014 09:04:20 AM

Just beautiful.

Rebecca
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May 12, 2014 10:18:13 AM

Sarah is so talented!

Dorothyanne
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May 12, 2014 12:27:26 PM

love the explosive energy - captures the bird so well!

Donald
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May 12, 2014 07:08:27 PM

Amazing piece!

Alejandro
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May 12, 2014 07:35:24 PM

Self taught artist unite!

angel

May 12, 2014 10:29:00 PM

Coooool

Steph
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May 12, 2014 10:32:51 PM

Beautiful work as always!

rick
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May 13, 2014 12:37:02 AM

Love this painting...As always amazing work :)

Larry
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May 13, 2014 05:58:09 AM

Beautiful

Larry
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May 13, 2014 12:33:50 PM

I love it.

Naomi
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May 13, 2014 02:24:21 PM

Beautiful! Very airy.

Gerri

May 17, 2014 07:05:01 PM

This is GORGEOUS!!

Kathy

May 20, 2014 05:36:39 AM

This is SO beautiful!!

Patty

May 20, 2014 06:33:56 AM

Unique, vibrant, expressive ~ Love Sarah Garcia's work!

Patty

May 20, 2014 06:33:56 AM

Unique, vibrant, expressive ~ Love Sarah Garcia's work!

Michele

May 26, 2014 09:52:19 PM

It's nice but you would have to really appreciate art.

Joanne

June 02, 2014 03:44:28 AM

I want this! Notify me when ready. Beautiful.

francoise

June 03, 2014 05:45:09 PM

I would buy this

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