Where sometimes I bite off more than I can chew.
This is the second painting from Wave Hill that I started a few weeks ago. It’s a grand west-facing panorama that captures the New Jersey Palisades along with a picture-perfect sky. When I photographed the scene and viewed it later, I was pleased with the photo and that was enough. No watercolor here. Some images are better as photographs, and have too much going on for a successful painting.
But that sky…that sky…it ended up on a sheet of my fine 300-lb. Arches, and the rest of the scene then had to come along. I suppose that I could have just painted the sky—I may do that sort of work later on—but too late. I was hooked on this vista and committed to the artwork.
In the meantime, as the November days have gotten cold and grayer, and my garden moves into winter mode, any seasonal sadness that I feel has been tempered while working on this bucolic painting. Reasons why I paint, I guess, details and all.
Watercolor and graphite
Arches cold press, 300 lb, 14″ x 21″