Sunday, July 10, 2011
This view is very near my house and I've painted it several times over the last couple of years. The track leads into the woods to a marsh and not much goes there beyond all terrrain vehicles or snowmobiles in winter. There is no lavender growing there. The path is usually filled with water as it is a wetland, but with the warm weather over the last week or so, its dried up a lot, so its down to pale lavender/grey earth with a few puddles remaining. The colour is what attracted me this time and I enhanced it a little above the natural colour in my paints. Its part of the appeal of being an artist. I can turn reality into fantasy or vice versa by simple use of colour.
I don't know why this little track fascinates me so much. I find myself looking up it each day as I pass it, noting changes in the landscape, sky or path and take mental notes on colour and shape. I often stop to grab a quick shot with my cellphone camera if I want to capture a particular light.
There is benefit in revisiting the same spot and painting it over and over. Each time, there is something new to learn. I was using up the end paint on my palette to create this piece. I hate throwing away paint and always create something out the the remains of colour left from creating other pieces.