Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Pond at Bloedel, 12x16
Time and hard work....
....doesn't always produce a satisfying result, but it seems like inspiration and motivation get me much closer to my goals....and with less consternation.
I met some friends at the Bloedel Reserve, what I refer to as the Downton Abbey of Bainbridge. Sometimes I expect a 1920 Rolls Royce to pull up beside me and ask if I have the caviar and champagne. It is a nice place to have fantasies.
The first piece I did took more care and more time and more effort scraping it back to nothing. It really didn't work, perhaps because the sun kept popping in and out and changing the color/value relationships. Or perhaps I wasn't clear about what I was trying to paint.
Tossing that first one on the ground I turned around and caught a glimpse of the late afternoon sun coming through the trees and lighting things up. Knowing it wouldn't last long I grabbed a brush and quickly began blocking in shapes and colors. No pre-drawing as it would have stifled my positive energy and caused me to think rather than just respond.
It turned into a pleasant day. I really like the light streaming from behind the trees and lighting up this little corner of the Japanese area of the Reserve. The first one warmed me up....
Thanks for looking. Back soon.