Thursday, May 9, 2013
Algonquin Trip III
With the passage from snow to mud and stick and all the way past the delicate greens Algonquin is fading from memory. But one last instalment. On one morning we actually did paint inside the park. After paying tribute to Tom Thomson at the Canoe lake put in we decided to move on. That lead us quickly to Smoke lake. Here the ice was rotting aroung the perimeter of the lake.
Smoke Lake - Distorted Water Colour.....
The sun actually appeared and tempted me to chase it from my setup.
Start Under Gray Sky
But no, it didn't last long. I stayed with my double complements of Viridian + Alizarin and Yellow and Violet. Beautiful Grays. Then the problem is how to make the image interesting.
Smoke Lake Breakup
Here she waits for an energized eye and some final paint, and a composition change.
All the paintings from the trip have been in the studio receiving attention and getting closer to finished. Happens this way on a trip filled with painting. The exception is the quick 8x10s. They are immediate. Can't take that from them. The most difficult painting is based on the falls on Hollow River. There is a lot of drawing involved and ditto for simplification. I thought I was further along in the painting. Now the memory is fading.