swimming pool (10″ x 15″) on matte board ( you can click the image for a larger view)
I ended up making a mess of my under-painting and starting over with a simpler composition more focused on the pool and the Japanese Maple. There was a bunch of other stuff I wanted to show you but the woebegone pool was getting lost. I haven’t painted anything in a long time and there was definitely a settling in period, finding a rhythm and a particular sort of focus. That particular sort of focus, when achieved, is one of the things I most like about this kind of work. It feels like a little milestone in this project to have something painted and pretty much finished. I’m full of ideas for other drawings and paintings – places I want to show you. I also want to start to tie these images together and put them into the geographical context of my remembered childhood for you. I’ve begun drawing a map and I’ll show you some work on that and maybe a mysterious covered well next Wednesday.