Monday, November 5, 2012

A Small Landscape Takes Shape

The other day I decided to paint pears as a change of pace.  I drew them in sepia paint, life size, on an 8x8 canvas and added a red background.  It was rich. I highlighted the bright yellows and put dark brown shadows under the pears. I touched greens and blues in the bodies. Then I lost interest.  The more I painted, the less I was able to concentrate.  It was not long before I scraped all the paint off and then rubbed out the images with a rag.  Of course a landscape immediately started taking shape. The blue of the water gave me great peace. I kept one eye on a pastel I did this fall while sitting on a tall dune, looking north from the Saugatuck Dunes State Park.  Ahhh... there is nothing like the beach to keep one grounded and calm.

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