Across the Canal
16 x 20
Continuing to work on inspiration from Bryant Woods, I tried lightening up the mood, but I was less than thrilled with all the individual marks on this piece, and it probably would have been better to cover some areas with broad, quiet color. I have never really worked in a series before, and I see the benefit of being able to try various means of recreating a mood. It is all, in the end, just a big experiment.
This next piece, a small 7 x 7, is from a walk along the creek which is still high from recent flooding, leaving small trees surrounded by waters that are now clearing, providing endless and subtle variations in the greens and blues, and interesting reflections.
My larger plein air attempt at the marsh with the yellow irises was a bust, and I think the subject was just so fractured - the thousands of leaves of the water plants, darker green, but with thousands of bright bluish white reflections - and difficult to paint. And the light was shifting quickly, my eyes not adapting well from shade to bright sunlight. At the end, I tried a quick 5 x 7 to try to get the overall tone of the place to better help me understand what it needed, but I'm not rushing back over there to work on it again soon. For one thing, the climb down the heavily overgrown steep hillside is treacherous with a backpack.