Daunting – that’s the word I use to describe the start of each new pondscape. It doesn’t matter how many studies I’ve done, or how many photos I’ve taken – the seemingly HUGE blank white panel always makes me shudder – until I mix up some paint, pick up my brayer and start rolling. All of a sudden the excitement of quickly filling that large space with textures and values takes over, and I am oblivious to everything else. I think most artists know the feeling – it’s why we keep coming back to the studio and starting another. Of course, after a day or two, the first flush of excitement gives way to the serious business of resolving all the problems that were “composed” during that first rush of activity.
Pond Edge began with a bang – lots of greens, bold gestures of grasses scraped out, and suggestions of dark tree trunks and reflected foliage. In fact, the result was so strong it intimidated me into two weeks of wondering what to do next. I finally just dove in again, trusting that I would figure it out eventually. The dappled light and complex layering of vegetation both above and below the surface evolved from details collected in a number of photos I took last summer. It is a painting about the pond in all its summer lushness – and about the micro worlds (above and below) that we know are there. Enjoy! Details below.