Wednesday, April 06, 2011
I've started a new water piece, even though it doesn't look very much like water at this point. Back to my beloved Middle Cove and to a river that rushes through the valley, cuts into the beach and flows into the sea. Rocks have been smoothed and tumbled from the surrounding beach and river bed as the water flows over them and shallow pools form along the way.
It was one of these pools that I peered into, always hopeful for inspiration or perhaps some aquatic creature lurking. This time it was the light that caught my eye as it made ripples across the stones.
I did a study for this piece a couple of weeks ago, working out colour and composition and also deciding on the medium. Ever a glutton for punishment, I went with acrylic, which I love and hate.
It is very slow going with these rocks and each one becomes a painting in its own right almost. The piece is 16 x 20 on stretched canvas and I'm sure there may be interludes of other pieces while it progresses. Right now its pretty much just values on canvas with hints of detail where I couldn't resist.