Wednesday, June 30, 2010
South Jersey and the Art Spirit.
As usual on the weekend, I'd planned to visit my Dad, but this beautiful, welcoming
spectrum of color was, for me, an invitation from the "Art Spirit," to also go painting.
road in South Jersey. Having traveled the roads is one thing, but venturing out to find a spot
that is waiting to be painted, and with the right light, is a whole different "mind-set." I came over
a rise, (yes, there actually are hills in S.J) and saw these back-lit outbuildings, and pulled over.
hot and humid day. A gentle breeze was moving across the expanse of fields, and the distant
sounds of children's voices...and an insistent crow on the humming wires above my head,
told me I was not the only creature up and about on this beautiful Sunday morning.
A few asked if I needed help, thinking at first that my car surely had broken down.
WHAAAAT! You're an ARTIST?
In a very graphic sense, here is what I am concerned with. This is the abbreviated "value scale" I use, to interpret the various degrees of "lights and darks" that are in the subject, and eventually, in my painting of that subject. The first square is white, or the very lightest "Lights." The next square is the "Lightest Mid-Value," the next is the "Darkest Mid-Value," and finally, The "Darkest Darks," in the composition. None of this is written in stone, but it gets my brain heading in the right direction. You can see this thought process in the sketch, above. And that's my lesson for the day, to all you non-artists.
I liked it. The crow seemed to have liked it, and my Muse liked it.
Life is good. (Water color 8-1/2 X 11" $110.00)