Sunday, March 9, 2014

Late Winter Alders

                                                           watercolor on Yupo 26x20

Usually, when I can`t tell if something is good or bad, it`s most often terrible. But there have been  many paintings I`ve destroyed that I wish I hadn`t. With some time, the problem with the piece can become obvious and it`s sometimes a simple thing to resolve it. This is one of those, I can`t tell yet but I don`t know what else to do.
The alder groves are just beginning to bud but all the limbs and branches are still visible and dense. My intention here was to create a busy 'ambiance' of this moment in the forest cycle, rather than something with a clear focal point.
One of the nicest things about a residency at Sitka is how welcoming they are to partners and spouses. John spent the weekend here and we had a lot of fun hiking in the rare winter sunshine and then in rain and cool fog. Here are some pictures from this morning.


Diary of a Madd Weekly Painter said...

Wow What a fabulous environment. We have some of that gorgeous moss here in the Blue Ridge Mtns. (not as much) and I can't seem to get it down on a canvas. I have been following your blog for quite some time and feel you do your environment justice. Not by getting the details picture perfect but by capturing the feel of the place. I really admire your work. Sinc, Sue

Libby Fife said...

The photographs are lovely. You really have a good eye don't you? And it's easy to see the translation to your paintings too.

The residency is sounding great so far. Glad that you and John were able to spend the weekend together-it's nice that the place is close enough to home.

Bob Lafond said...

I don't think you can paint something that is 'terrible', so put it aside and wait, instead of destroying it.

Jo Reimer said...

No more destroying work, Randall. This piece brings me such a feeling of peace and contentment... and the photos! What a lovely place.