Saturday, June 12, 2010
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.