about 8x11 pastel and watercolor on wallis
This post was going to be about humidity and color, but I will have to save that one. Instead it will be about edges. You probably wonder...why edges with this painting? Where are the edges and why? When I first took the photograph of this I had chopped off the little burnt sienna piece at the bottom. I looked and looked and was almost ready not to post it till I noticed the little piece was missing. It felt essential. That small edge helped make space, without compromising my concept.
The act of controlling your edges is important. Edges make space. Most of the space in this painting is very nebulous in order to create the illusion of humidity and refraction. There are many soft edges, color meeting color with no defined edge. A defined edge makes a focal point and makes one object come forward. You might argue (and maybe I will later) that there are not enough defined edges. The only defined edges are the burnt sienna shore and the sky/ tree line on the left. Since the goal was to create that hot humid light bouncing refracted space, that summertime soup, I tried to use other tools to create space. Small changes in chroma and value were key.
A light touch and a lot of sensitivity are what edges are about....but then again, you could say that about painting.