Some days and views offer countless opportunities to investigate a theme. Inside July follows in the footsteps of three earlier paintings which all played with different pond conditions found on a specific day last July. Ripples, racing white clouds, vegetation, pollen sheen, tree reflections and sweet little pine needles and duckweed – enough to make a landscape artist fall in love. I did. Below are details from Inside July, followed by the three previous paintings. Monet had his Cathedral, but I have my pond! Enjoy.
Technical painting notes: I’ve continued to experiment with using watercolor brushes for the paint application, mostly because the soft (nylon) hairs allow for such control and subtlety at the beginning and end of each stroke. Numerous glazes were applied on top of the original, more abstract and textured first layer of paint. My aim was to allow each layer to be visible, in all its abstractness, while still serving the goal of building a recognizable image of a place.
Previous paintings from the series: