Friday, April 1, 2011

Ross Island Sand and Gravel

I was asked to teach a watercolor class on the 2nd and I agreed. Then I thought 'oh no, I hardly even paint with watercolor these days'! So I did this last night for the exercise. No sooner had I begun and I was squeezing out acrylics onto the painting. I`m incapable of traditional transparent technique it seems. That`s fine, I often hear my oil paintings look like watercolors.
The subject is a mining operation on the east bank of the Willamette River and is particularly beautiful in the fog.


William Cook said...

The icon of this on Rhonda's sidebar was tiny but strong enough to lead me here. Wonderful painting in spite of the original intent. Blame it on Whistler's ghost. Your other works is equally as stunning.

Maureen said...

That you painted this last night is such a testament to your talent. It's wonderful, the colors evocative.

The effect (when enlarged) is like the image seen a car window in heavy rain, especially the brushstrokes at bottom and to the right.

The irony of so beautiful a painting is its subject, which so damages the environment, and our choice to continue seeing it through a scrim.

Jo Reimer said...

I was just thinking of your magnolia paintings as I was taking photos this morning, wondering if you ever teach. I'd love to learn from you, especially mixed water media. Let me know if you do any classes that are available to me.
This painting is fascinatingly beautiful.

kate said...

Oh my goodness! This looks like something out of the "Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner." I can hear those muted foggy creeks emitting from it.
Now I must try acrylics with my W/C.