Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Creek Alcove







This canvas has a history. This is the large painting I struggled with throughout the Spring. It began as an estuary in the morning. That wasn`t working out so next it became a view of Government Island in the Columbia River. From memory, which didn`t prove too reliable. So again it evolved into an estuary, without success. Next up was a creek bank that I couldn`t quite tip over into resolution. Luckily, I then went to New Mexico and then Whiskeytown and I found some new inspiration. This is a calm little corner of Brandy Creek. The study worked and I had some confidence it would be a credible big painting.

7 comments:

Maureen said...

Fascinating to see the canvas go from what was to what is. Did you scrape or paint over?

Cynthia Schelzig said...

Interesting to see what you went through to get where you wanted to go. The top reminds me of the grotto in Idyllwild,CA

kingfisher said...

But I love the top one the most! Glad you made a photographic record of the one that disappeared!

Marilyn R Miller said...

Each of these paintings is wonderful! I would wish they all still exist....

SamArtDog said...

Struggling with reliability, resolution and credibility... it is so not easy being an artist, is it? The progression takes us all past sights we wish would always be there, but all that counts is that they're in your heart's eye. Thanks for sharing your journey.

Tim Robinson said...

Nice.

Aubrey Studebaker said...

Dito to Marilyn's comment. -I like the second to bottom best (although all are beaut).