Calder sculpture and nature in the mix at Storm King Art Center
I like to write these blog entries while waiting for paint to dry. Finishing touches such as adding small details, removing masking fluid, softening hard edges, signing the painting…all require the discipline to wait until everything is bone dry. When the time comes to put the brushes down, I’ve usually had plenty of time to think about a title and what to say about the image.
I’ve been looking at a lot of green this summer, from my frequent walks in Prospect Park, this visit to Storm King, and yesterday’s trip to another wonderful garden spot, Wave Hill. I’m pleased to say that no tubes of green paint have been harmed for the paintings I’ve been doing this summer, although plenty of blues (six) and yellows (two) have been squeezed out to mix all sorts of greens. This has been a wonderful learning exercise in color mixing, seeing tones as well as hues, and taking advantage of pigments that granulate on the paper to form backwashes and water blooms. I also began using an easel and letting gravity add an element of surprise to the watercolor effects. Perfect for lots of trees and grassy fields.
Two painted steel sculptures by Alexander Calder appear in this scene from Storm King. Left: Knobs, 1976 and right: Gui (Mistletoe), 1976. They are perfectly situated in this field of green—can’t wait to see them again for fall leaf peeping season.
Arches cold press, 300 lb, 14.25″ x 21.5″