Turning a Couple of Corners


Nature strews her nuts and flowers broadcast, and never collects them into heaps. This was the soil it grew in, and this the hour it bloomed in; if sun, wind, and rain came here to cherish and expand the flower, shall not we come here to pluck it?

Henry David Thoreau, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

After napping this afternoon, I awoke to a sun-splashed island, and a renewed energy to paint en plein air. Reading the above text from Thoreau inspired me as I was looking across this field of wildflowers, grasses, and cacti. In the past, I have been frequently flummoxed as I looked at a complicated world before me, and wondered how to select from the variety of stimuli to form a composition for a painting. The words of Thoreau really did come through for me today, and I delighted in this experience. This is the first time I managed to get the textures of the Lagoon to look the way I wanted them to look, and I accomplished it by scraping with an exacto knife while the wash was still wet. The layers of grasses and flowers provided their usual challenge, but I kept applying layers of masking, and finally got what I was after.

The sun has gotten low, and I have lost my light for painting, so I will have to wait until tomorrow to resume where I have left off. But in the meantime, I am loving the winds coming out of the east, and the words of Thoreau are washing over my soul.

Words fail me when I try to record my love for this environment, and appreciation for those who have made it possible for me to come out here again. After a year’s time, I feel that my plein air paintings of this location have matured, and I cannot wait to compare this current portfolio with last year’s.

Thanks always for reading and showing interest in what I do.

I paint in order to learn.
I journal when I feel alone.
I blog to remind myself that I am not alone.


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