First he took a sheet of glass and covered it with water. Then he laid his watercolor paper on the wet surface and brushed more water on to the top of the paper. At this stage, the paper was like a wet blotter. He brushed on a blue sky, then as the paper dried he added some distant purple mountains. Then a line of distant trees. He controlled the drying time with a hair dryer. Last, he painted a tent, a campsite with smoke rising from a campfire. It was beautiful, his brush strokes were like magic. Howard is known for his series of illustrated books that depict the early history of the small fishing communities around Lake Superior.
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