Sunday, January 13, 2008

Wetlands (and everything else)

pastel on sanded paper, 27x16.5cm (10.5x6.5 in)

Um, yep, I really like wetlands. This one, a series of beaver ponds, is tucked away in the Black Hills of Washington state, just south of where I once lived at the south end of Puget Sound. I actually painted this during the snowed in days last month, using half a dozen reference photos taken one soggy NW winter to jog my memory. But something seemed missing to me, so I set it aside.

A few days ago, as I was going through my paintings to decide which to frame, I suddenly realized what was missing: raindrops. Or rather, the evidence thereof. So there they are, as they should be. I got pretty wet that day. This was, after all, winter in the maritime Pacific Northwest. Wet R us.