This is work on a painting of the backyard pool- a classic above ground beauty, circa 1970 or there abouts. So far I’ve almost accomplished an under-painting – details defined in umber and washes of greyish blue and umber. I have lots of snap shots of this pool in my mind but my favorites are the darker ones – too cold to swim, a steely, cloudy day, leaves and japanese beetles floating on the water. I want to show it to you past its prime, listing a little and rust insulting the happy stripes. I was attracted to melancholic things as a kid and I still very much am – I think there’s a shadow of melancholy in almost everything I do. I’m happy to fully indulge that inclination for this picture. I’ll begin to add color this week (I might share a snippet of progress on instagram or facebook) and I’ll post the bleak scene here in full color next Wednesday.
This just proves that even the most mundane can be beautiful. Lovely painting– and I also share in your inclination toward melancholy. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. Keep up the good work! :]
Thanks for posting this- it’s really interesting to see under-drawings. I love the sepia trees.