Last year’s April snowstorm has been updated for this spring.
Timely I am not. I have been painting this lovely snowscape from the lake in Prospect Park for a few weeks now. I began this full-sheet watercolor last April and then put it away because spring burst out in technicolor and I needed to jump in. I managed to get the sky in, along with the snow on the branches and in the foreground, before I ditched the painting for—maybe—ever? I am glad that I decided to pick it up again and finish it. I rediscovered my slender rigger brushes and began a rather zen-like study of the tree branches and grassy fields. I found that it often took me an hour or so to get my brushstrokes controlled enough for the fine lines, and once I felt up to speed I could spend another few hours deciding where to place the important strokes. I think the best way to finish something like this is either not to start in the first place or end it many, many brushstrokes before one thinks it is done.
I have visited the lake several times while working on this, just to make sure that I didn’t leave anything out.
“If we opened people up, we’d find landscapes.” —Agnès Varda
Arches cold press, 300 lb, 30″ x 22″