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Happiness is Warm Color in the Shade

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Happiness Is...."Warm Color in the Shade"

A biography of artist Milford Zornes, by Hal Baker

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A prominent artist in the watercolor movement known as California Style, Milford Zornes became especially known of his application of watercolor in broad brush strokes to large sheets of paper with planned areas of white, unpainted spaces showing through. This was a new way of watercolor painting, which traditionally has been done over pencil sketches.

He was born in Camargo, Oklahoma, and moved to Los Angeles while a teenager. In Santa Maria, California, he enrolled in Santa Maria Junior College, where he had art instruction from Stanley Breneiser and lived for a period of time with him and his wife, Babs Breneiser who was an art teacher at the local high school. Zornes later referred to this time as his first exposure to a professional art teacher and mentor and said: "This was a dizzy, exciting world to a young man whose feet were not yet on the ground even though his head was in the stars." (Hal Baker)

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