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Study in Contrast

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.

September 2016
Arches cold press, 300 lb, 21.5″ x 14.25″

This entry was published on September 18, 2016 at 1:05 pm. It’s filed under Home, landscape, Prospect Park, Summer, watercolor and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “Study in Contrast

  1. You’ve done it again. Wow💯

  2. Deb Kapell on said:


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