May Morning with Mrs. George

TM8483 May Morning with Mrs. George 36x40 oil on panel

TM8483 May Morning with Mrs. George 36×40 oil on panel

Early May, and while the trees aren’t really green yet, there is green duckweed giving a hint of the colors due shortly. I am delighted to report that George’s wife, Mrs. George, is back this year. Her morning float into the heart of the duckweed will bring a delicious breakfast. Welcome back! Visiting the pond several times a week for so many years gives me a real appreciation for those things that change and those that remain.  Seeing the ducks is a pleasure. Watching some trees lose their footing due to the heavy rain and flooding (and losing a favorite vantage spot as a result) was disheartening. But the pond always finds a way to delight me, and always offers something wonderful to paint. Enjoy!

TM8483 May Morning with Mrs. George - detail from upper left with Mrs. George

TM8483 May Morning with Mrs. George – detail from upper left with Mrs. George

TM8483 May Morning with Mrs. George - detail from middle left side

TM8483 May Morning with Mrs. George – detail from middle left side

And in case you want to see George again, I’ve re-posted a detail from his painting below. If you scroll down, you will find the entry for George Is Back! posted on 05-15-14.

TM8476 George Is Back! - detail  showing George enjoying the new duckweed

TM8476 George Is Back! – detail showing George enjoying the new duckweed

Field Trip #2

Photgraphic study showing lily pads in late afternoon light

Photgraphic study showing lily pads in late afternoon light

Photographic study - lily pads and tree reflections, nearing sunset

Photographic study – lily pads and tree reflections, nearing sunset

Field trips to the pond at Hamlen Woods always yield interesting subjects for paintings. These photos, along with others I’ve taken recently, will provide inspiration for a group of new pondscapes. I never rely on one photo for a painting, but use artistic licence to combine, exaggerate, and edit many photos  – all in service to a  series of paintings that will capture the feel of the place.