Harlem, 1971. Watercolor


Harlem. Samizu painted this as a study in preparation for painting “OPIA!” and as an exercise in how detailed she could paint in water colors. She painted it out of the photographs she took of Harlem for Opia. Samizu writes:

"I used to make watercolors to explore possibilities for use later in oil paintings. I saw some good scenes worthwhile to develop into exhibition pieces. My photos were originally taken for development of Opia! But I also developed them into this watercolor painting independently.

"I did water colors because they could be done quickly and cheaply. Opia! was a combining of imagery from photographs and actual objects, so I had to put everything into one pictorial dimensions To achieve that effect I would take several watercolor sketches to explore the possibilities."

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