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Painting in Action
Painting in action

Ben, aged two, stands at a low table on which there is a sheet of paper and two pots of paint, one green and one blue. In each pot stands a paintbrush. First of all, Ben picks up the blue brush with his right hand and paints with it, using a vigorous fanning or arcing action from side to side across the surface of the paper. This action creates an elongated curved blue patch, like an arc of a large circle. His whole body seems involved in this energetic painting action.

The brush never leaves the surface of the paper but every now and then Ben abruptly changes his sideways fanning action to a pushing and pulling movement, to and from ...

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