The Pondscapes are an investigation of both place and my response to it. Initially, I was drawn to the quiet of these locales, then the rich tapestry of reflections I saw on the surface of the water (nearly abstract, yet so abundantly specific). With Path to the Pond – September I enlarge the context by bringing you to the path, or way, into the woods. I exaggerated the curve of the path to emphasize the sense of walking into the unknown; risk is essential to appreciating discovery. Perhaps it is a metaphor for work in the studio, as well. An artist’s work depends on finding ways to translate and reveal the truth of a subject “in the world” onto a two-dimensional surface.
I’ve always searched for a way to depict the woods without burying the feel of the place under a cascade of details. Using monotype techniques and a brayer first provides a textural start that establishes the feel of vegetation without painting every leaf. Detail below.
I always enjoy my visit to your blog. Thank you.
I’m so glad you are enjoying the posts. I send them out hoping they’ll bring a spot of joy to someone’s day.
You are on the right path! Big thumbs up!
Thank you Gregorio. It does feel like the right path, and this path is starting to head into the woods around the pond. I was out this morning photographing yesterday’s snowfall before the wind could get to it. Sure looks complicated…..and cold…