The Pondscapes are an investigation of both place and my response to it. Initially, I was drawn to the quiet of these locales, then the rich tapestry of reflections I saw on the surface of the water (nearly abstract, yet so abundantly specific). With Path to the Pond – September I enlarge the context by bringing you to the path, or way, into the woods. I exaggerated the curve of the path to emphasize the sense of walking into the unknown; risk is essential to appreciating discovery. Perhaps it is a metaphor for work in the studio, as well. An artist’s work depends on finding ways to translate and reveal the truth of a subject “in the world” onto a two-dimensional surface.
I’ve always searched for a way to depict the woods without burying the feel of the place under a cascade of details. Using monotype techniques and a brayer first provides a textural start that establishes the feel of vegetation without painting every leaf. Below are close-up details of the painting.