Weather in flux is one of the best times to observe the park.
When it is Labor Day weekend and the news advises that a massive storm may come close enough to make a mess of things, what else is there to do but grab a camera and go check out what’s going on in Prospect Park?
Dodging large holiday gatherings, I walked along the lakeside and spotted swans, geese and ducks being more vocal and mobile than I usually see. The birds knew that the weather was changing and issued their own storm alerts by honking and practicing water takeoffs and landings.
I heeded no warnings and proceeded to take in beautiful light from a mostly cloudy sky. With little sun and few shadows, everything appeared soft and atmospheric. Saturated colors were made especially rich by late-summer overgrowth in the landscape. Ordinarily the lake would be brilliant blue from the sky; today I saw a water surface that was white from the clouded-over sky. Color came in ripples and reflections and when I stepped in front of a backlit mass of trees a very graphic composition materialized—the beginnings of my next painting.
The storm was a big ho-hum and passed by Brooklyn with some wind, a few drops of rain, yet I got the studio time and inspiration to create this watercolor.
Arches cold press, 300 lb, 21.5″ x 14.25″