After weeks of painting water reflections I decided to move inland painting this soft and calming pastoral scene. The reference photo was shot last summer on a day trip to Boundary Bay. It was one of those days when you know that once the sun breaks through it's going to be a bright hot day but for now the light is softly diffused giving the country side a softness not seen under the bright sun.
There is a quietness on the docks in the early summer morning, that space of time before the world wakes up and the business of the day begins. The boats gently rock, casting out their reflections on the calm waters, the shrieks of distant sea gulls fill the air, and a lone heron stands in the shallow waters fishing for breakfast. Early summer mornings are truly the best time of the day.
It's late afternoon on a warm September day, as the sun sets, a duck glides through the placid pond creating abstract patterns upon the waters.
The following passage by Annie Dillard - Pilgrim at Tinker Creek speaks to the child in me, growing up as a tom boy much of my time was spent mucking around slow moving creeks and ponds.
"In summer's low water, flags and bulrushes grow along a series of shallow pools cooled by the lazy current. Water striders patrol the surface film, crayfish hump along the silt bottom eating filth, frogs shout and glare, and shiners and a small bream hide among roots from the sulky green heron's eye."
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
What a great day, I was finally able to devote most of today to painting. It's been a busy couple of weeks for me, what with work and Realtor showings of my house, leaving me with just little snatches of painting time.
Today I finished The Coy Koi this painting is No. IV in my series of Abstract Reflections. I went a little larger on this painting using a 24" x 24" canvas, I really wanted the the koi to pop and didn't feel the smaller canvas would give it the impact that the larger one does.
The Coy Koi
Abstract Reflections IV
24" x 24" acrylic on canvas
This is how it looked in the beginning. I very loosely drew the Koi in with a large round brush and filled it in with cadmium red medium. At this point i'm not to concerned about getting the exact color I just want to get some local color down to use as guidelines. I quickly brushed on some green on one side and paynes gray on the other, added some random spots on the fish and ta da it's done. Ready for the next step.