Don’t let one cloud obliterate the whole sky—Anaïs Nin.
Today is a cold, grey Sunday and the forecast calls for the first snow of the season, although it sounds as if it will be more of a chilly rain here in Brooklyn. The holiday party season has kicked in and between final brushstrokes on this painting I have managed to bake a gorgeous cranberry tart to take to this evening’s party. Baking, along with gardening, often satisfies the creative need in me.
Buds have sprouted on the studio’s Christmas Cactus Schlumbergera and sunset is occurring around 4:30pm; winter solstice is ten days away. The late-day skies have been spectacular—climate change, drought, pollution—they have been visually stunning lately. The half hour immediately before sunset is one of my favorite times to go out with my camera and observe the light and clouds and long shadows in the park. This painting, from late November, comes from one such walk in the Long Meadow in Prospect Park. This is the first time I have worked on a sheet of Lanaquarelle paper, with much pleasure. I had some issue removing masking fluid—the paper surface peeled off in one area, but other than that I found that washes flowed nicely and smoothly and I will use this fine paper again.
Lanaquarelle cold press, 300 lb, 21.5″ x 14.25″