Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Tanglewood... a roadside study
Our Oro-Medonte region is literally littered with swamps, creeks, streams, lakes and rivers a part of the Canadian Shield geological region which stretches across most of Ontario. One never has to venture far to find suitable subject matter for a good landscape. This particular subject is less than 10 minutes away from the Gallery. I have passed it by on many occasions in all seasons... but on this particular morning everything seemed right to give it a go.Winter light and shadows reveals new "magic"... and really adds drama... isolating previously hidden passages for the searching eye.
The actual composition is a bit frenetic and complicated... not the usual thing one looks for in an outdoor session. I knew that there would be a lot of small, fussy shapes and spaces to deal with... sort of like a jigsaw puzzle. But... Hey!...Who doesn't enjoy sitting down once in a while for a few hours of such "puzzlin'" fun.... with a thousand or more pieces strewn out on a large table?
I liken the painting to exactly the same kind of leisure pastime... Focus!Focus!.... Search!.... Play... and look for similar passages of line or colours. That's sort of how the exercise unfolded... and how the final image emerged. Hooking onto certain elements... pushing others into place to create a new whole.
"I" do like the final outcome. It's definitely a bit on the tight side... but I really like the colour harmony and the warmth in the piece. I enjoyed the day... and learned a little more about perseverance! A good lesson for us all in our daily lives.
Keep the Faith... and do what "You" feel and love!
Good Painting to all!