Watercoloring Nostalgic Subjects and Listening to Robert Frost

Watercoloring in the Man Cave

Watercoloring in the Man Cave

I have been one acquainted with the night.

I have walked out in rain — and back in rain.

I have outwalked the furthest city light.

I have looked down the saddest city lane.

I have passed by the watchman on his beat

And dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain.

I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet

When far away an interrupted cry

Came over houses from another street,

But not to call me back or say good-bye;

And further still at an unearthly height,

O luminary clock against the sky

Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right.

I have been one acquainted with the night.

Robert Frost

I leave for school every morning while it is still dark, and the past two mornings have brought steady rain.  Both mornings, driving through the rain, these words from Robert Frost came back to me in the darkness and brought a presence and a comfort.  Perhaps Robert Frost is what the doctor ordered.  I have enjoyed working in the Cave late at night, bending over this watercolor, trying to unlock some of the secrets of the darkness and shadows that fueled the drybrush watercolors of Andrew Wyeth, and the oil paintings of Rembrandt.  I am becoming more fascinated in the low-value areas of the painting composition, and am directing more of my attention there.

Canada Dry Crate and Vintage Lantern

Canada Dry Crate and Vintage Lantern

This has been such a serene night for painting.  I hate to stop and go to bed (perhaps I won’t for awhile longer).

Thanks for reading.

One Response to “Watercoloring Nostalgic Subjects and Listening to Robert Frost”

  1. Playamart - Zeebra Designs Says:

    ” This has been such a serene night for painting. I hate to stop…”
    So very true; I think it is because the night is so quiet, and there are few distractions or interruptions.
    Your work is strong!
    z

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