Wednesday, January 18, 2012
There are a few small ponds in and near my property, some only inches deep, some more substantial. Late afternoon with a thin ice just forming on the water's surface and the light catching the bracken, making it glow with warmth.
This is a watercolour study for a future piece on ponds, about 11 x 14. The shapes of undergrowth around water falls back a bit in winter, giving a better look at the form. I love how the initial skim of ice affects reflections, clouding and diffusing them. I initially wanted t use the surface of the pond as a frost piece, freezing the watercolour itself before adding the remaining elements. However, the weather conditions weren't perfect so I had to make do with observation, sketches, photos and cold hands.
There is so much to explore and capture. Will I ever have enough time to do so?