Two very different paintings from this morning. First I looked up from the rocks where I was sitting, up the hill and across the land we always called the Pasture. I lost track of time as I tried to get the colors of the grasses, wildflowers, and scrubby trees.
When I was ready to stop working on that landscape, I began looking at a tide pool beside me. I decided to use colors I haven't been using here - reds, crimson, oranges, black, and some yellow. That corner of my palette box has been virtually untouched. As I worked on representing the values, the lights and darks I was seeing in the rocks and the pool of water, the piece became more abstract. A little cerulean blue there? Yes. What fun. Now that it's finished I've decided that the composition works best for me if I turn the square on its side. So I did. (Tip your head to the right if you want to see how I was looking at it while painting.)