Monday, November 12, 2012
An Almost Feral Getaway
I have played with this scene several times over the past year. A very similar composition was accepted in the 44th Annual Watercolor West Juried Exhibition. I like the simplicity of the painting. Originally, it was done plein air on a river in West Harwich on Cape Cod. This time, I chose only a single structure, creating a sense of loneliness in the wild. The structure is the focal point. One eye path is the river with a pointer (the stake) that appears on a point of land directing you to the hideaway. There is also a graded wash on the river which goes from foreground to the structure. Finally, there is a white track leading to the white house.
Most of my painting is done plein air. Occasionally, I will work in my studio with a painting that I particularly like, and make some changes. It is easier to do, when you have been looking at the original for awhile.