Saturday, June 12, 2010

Wilderness Park

I took a different approach to this painting. I had a single large and slightly damaged canvas. I used up a lot of time before I started painting, and I didn't have a sketch that I liked much. Because I have come to hate cleaning brushes, I set to painting with one of my most beat up large brushes. I had no particular worry about screwing anything up; I just didn't want to go home without a painting again. I think reckless abandon may just be a good thing. If I can't get my colors right, I might as well make them bright and beautiful.

This was painted at Wilderness Park in Arcadia. The stream is just a trickle right now, and the ranger told me that's probably because Santa Anita Dam is old and a little leaky. I remember once wading there in fast icy water. I saw a fox at Wilderness Park once too. It might have been the inspiration for the reddish blurs.


  1. That, I would call an optimistic approach.. turning an old damaged canvas in to something that is adorable and cherished.. wonderfully done! I have seen that an effort without much expectation will yield better results than a well planned one :-)

  2. I think you're right. Thank you for visiting.

  3. What a great approach and it's so loose and flowy. I like it a lot.