|Hidden River Garden - 12x16", plein air|
pastel on Strathmore black paper
I painted there last year a couple of times, but this time, I wanted to go to a specific location we'd been to two years ago, at the far end of the Transfer Park campground. In fact, I'd actually taken a photo of this location; the little group of Black-eyed Susans growing in this tiny wedge of earth amazed me, and I wanted to paint them. I must have deleted the photo, and I obviously never got around to using it as a reference for a painting.
So, imagine my surprise and delight when I get down to the river and see that the flowers have, indeed, returned.
It was nice to paint something that plays to what I feel are my strong suits as a painter: rocks and water. And in this case, lots of rocks underwater. Those were surprisingly easy, probably because I've been painting water all summer; the hardest part of the painting was - you guessed it: the green foliage of the flowers. Which probably makes no sense, but I just found it really difficult.
It was also nice to paint larger again and try a different format. I mean, I love my squares and all, but sometimes, a 3:4 aspect is nice. Last week, I went into our local art supply store to get some mats for photos, and saw they had my favorite Artagain in stock, so I am back in business with the 12x16"'s on location.