|Boulders and Shadows|
12x12 - pastel on black cardstock
That serpentine shadow running across the ice and disappearing into the shadowed area? Wayne didn't much care for it, but it is from an unseen tree, and it fascinated me, so I kept it. This was a good painting to work with lost and found edges - something I find myself enjoying when I look at paintings.
And, there's black in this painting. Many artists/instructors will say that one should avoid values 8-10 (with 0 = pure white and 10= pure black), but as with all things, there are exceptions. Shadows within shadowed areas are black. Judicious use of black also helps define the relative values of the rocks and gives them proper depth.
Here are a few photos from some of my recent "duck hunts" down by the river. I always say that if you're having a crummy day, just go watch some ducks. You'll feel better.
He has just finished a "yoga stretch" with his right foot. How on earth they can handle standing and sleeping in water that is just a few degrees above freezing is beyond me, but they clearly enjoy cold winters.
|Common Goldeneyes taking flight|
These are very striking birds, but extremely wary; any approach towards the edge of the river and they take off
Okay, not a duck, but this Canada goose and its mate were both one-legging it on some exposed rocks close to shore
|Squadron of Common Goldeneye - two males and several ladies|
Taken from well above the river, this is the best in-water photo I could get of them.