Day 3: Art Every Day Month
Yesterday, Day 3, I actually completed 3 paintings. These were inspired by a day on the Ashley River back in August. I knew as soon as I got on the water that day that I would be painting a LOT of Marsh grass.
Meandering through the creeks of the marsh is like watching a good movie; you’re on the edge of your seat, wondering what’s coming next. Because of all the twists and turns and tall grass you can’t see the next “scene”. I have to admit I was anxious at first, hoping I wouldn’t meet an alligator. But instead, every time we turned a corner and I could see ahead, my mouth would drop open in awe. I wanted to capture that drama on paper or canvas.
In September I did these three pastels, but set them aside, not sure if I’d finished them or not. Technically, they were done, but the “drama” wasn’t there. Just a few weeks ago, I was preparing for an acrylic version of my marsh series. I laid down a value study on the canvas first. Then I realized, that’s what was missing in the pastels. So I went back last night and added darker darks and brighter lights and a little more color, and finally, they looked the way I felt that day in August.
“Sunday Afternoon on the Ashley”
Pastel 16 x12
“Blue Sky Forever”
Pastel 16 x 12
“A Painting is never finished. It simply stops in interesting places.”
– Paul Gardner, American Artist