Be sure to look up
In the studio, there is a lovely lake-snow-bird scene with soft light and soft colors that is currently in the works on a large sheet of Arches. It may make a lovely painting when finished. But I’m missing the sunlight and shadows that make painting satisfying for me.
So after one of last week’s snow deluge, I booted up and went for a photo-taking walk in Prospect Park in pursuit of some more sunlit images. Dodging ankle-deep slush and icy surfaces limited where I could go in the park, and the snow vistas were a bit been-there, done-that for my photo collection. I thought back to Monday’s drawing class: we had spent an evening drawing onsite at Chelsea Market, with the assignment to draw everything above our eye level. Interesting details, textures and perspectives came out of the drawing session.
Along Prospect Park West, I looked up—and there was my image. Spiny gingkos topped by snowcaps, hanging against the brilliant blue sky.
That was easy.
Watercolor and graphite
Arches cold press, 140 lb, 8″ x 8″
this painting has found a nice home