|Kayaker's Delight 8x10" oil on canvas panel|
I have just spent a delightful two weeks up in Georgian Bay, southern Ontario. Georgian Bay is a part of Lake Huron...and it was NOT what I expected.
My gracious host, Patricia Cuddy owns the most charming rock cottage on the waterfront of Georgian Bay. She had often talked to me about the water and rocks there, and insisted I really should come and see it for myself. I'm from BC and figured I had seen the best that mother nature had to offer up, at least in that regard. But I was just gobsmacked by this natural wonder. The blue of the lake was reminiscent of the Adriatic Sea, only more pure, more crystal - and it's fresh water - clean enough to drink - to scoop up in your hand and drink, for heaven's sake!
I spent most of my two weeks kayaking about with my plein air gear. What a joy. I don't think I have yet done it justice, but this was my first effort. The day kept hazing over, then burning off - like lather, rinse, repeat. The surface tension on the water changed as the breeze would come and go.
I often remind my students, and myself, that you can only ever paint four things: shapes, values, colors and edges. So I did my best with that.
I often feel humbled and sometimes stymied as I attempt to imitate the relationships created in nature. I feel like an illusionist, attempting with mere paint to create the impression of distance, atmosphere, transparency and light. Maybe that's what we painters are - illusionists. It feels a bit like magic, and I feel like one lucky duck.
Happy painting everyone. Get out there and attempt some magic.
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