Friday, March 23, 2012
Dull as ditchwater
I have a fondness for ditches. There, I've said it. Its out in the open.
I can't resist peeping into ditches as I walk down the road and, of course, living in the country, they're not a rarity. Usually filled with water, plant life, water beetles, frogs and sometimes the odd little fish, they're endlessly interesting.
Then there's the light as it filters through the trees and bushes that hang over the ditches, forming patterns and casting shadows.
This is the inspiration for this rather abstract painting. The water runs off the land, through the ditch on its way to the sea and depending on the time of year and depth of water, the earth gives an amber/golden colour to it as the sun shines through the trees into the water.
This is a 6 x 12 study for what will be a large painting that I'll be setting up tomorrow. And of course, a glimpse at the delicious isoindolinone yellow. Isn't it just so vibrant in all its varying stages from pure to tint?