I love water. Maybe you do too. Park me beside a body of water and I'm mesmerized. So one of my favorite themes for artwork is depicting moving water, mostly creeks and waterfalls. Working on these pieces is soothing to me --- almost as if I were actually there.
We have a house in the mountains on Pond Creek. Sounds like it's raining all the time. Being there makes me mellow. I call the experience 'letting the silt settle.'
It may come as no surprise that this piece began with Pond Creek in mind. That's a bit unusual for me. Generally I just pick out some supplies that call my name and get to work trying them out in different arrangements on the canvas until they 'feel right.'
Here I tackled the rocks first. No matter how many rocks I do, they remain challenging. I'm not sure what it is, but the colors, shadows and planes can be tricky. Generally, trees, grass and water are relatively easy after I get the rocks in.
The red background in this piece surprised me. I don't really know where it came from. It just showed up. I tried other colors, but simply had to go back to the red. There's a 'knowing' when you've got it right in process-oriented work.
This piece, Pond Creek, relaxes me. I don't have to go to the mountains to feel its effect. I hope you find it relaxes you too.