Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Ribbons of Grass
about 8x9 pastel on watercolor on Uart paper
The sky sets the tone for the whole painting, even when the horizon is placed so high on the picture plane. The color you choose has to relate to the colors of the entire painting. Your sky matters. That is why I will place it in first and constantly adjust it and the land till they work together like a song. The color you choose for a distant sky has to be warm enough to have depth, cool enough to feel airy. Balance.
This is part of my green series even though the colors of the long grasses tended to leave the green and visit the gold. After our long period of rain the sun is now out. Unfortunately the mowers are too. Almost every space of long grass has been mowed and groomed. Me, I prefer it wild..long grasses blowing in the breeze..... a challenge to find in a city. This little unsold lot reminds me of Truro, Cape Cod, a place I remember well from my childhood.