June 29, 2012
Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is a fantastic place to see lotus flowers and water lilies. What I didn't expect -- and was fascinated by -- were the mud flats of the marshy areas covered with animal tracks. There were clear prints of herons, raccoons, ducks, many birds and some paws that might have been beavers or muskrats. We only saw the herons and other birds during the day; we also saw turtles but I can't say whether they left behind any prints in the mud.
June 25, 2012
June 17, 2012
The pattern of the brushstrokes had to be worked to support some of the painting was upright plant material, some was a horizontal plane of water and some was reflected, going deeper below the surface.
There's a course at the Corcoran School on painting in a series that a friend of mine has taken. I haven't taken it, but here I am, working my way through lily paintings. I've been looking at how to take a subject and work on it using a variety of viewpoints, palettes and techniques. The trick is to make the paintings work together. Once these lily paintings are a bit drier, I need to see how well they group and what seems to be missing.
June 14, 2012
I am wildly happy about the reflection in the pond in this painting.
And, in case you are wondering, insect repellent inside a car does nothing to stop mosquitos, wasps and untold numbers of bugs from landing on a painter in the woods by a pond.
June 13, 2012
I can see now that I'm out of the bright sun that a few things need balancing and a few things need to be knocked off balance (the too-even spots of sky between the distant trees).
June 12, 2012
June 11, 2012
Over the weekend, I started on a very large 36 x 48 painting of waterlilies. I'd been out to Lilypons, a water garden paradise that sells everything you need for your own pond, including koi, and thought I might try to paint there. It's not going to happen at that site -- it's too far away and I'm now realizing that lily ponds thrive and their flowers bloom in full sun. Just the conditions that melt painters. I took photos and this is being done from one. I need to work more on the water -- there's a lot going on with shadows and the feeling of depth I still have to capture. The blossoms are also rough at this point, but I like where it's headed.