Sometimes a demo is just what the students (and teacher) needs to get the juices flowing.
Awakening Marsh was a demo for students from a photo I’ve been eying for a while. I don’t often take on sun rises but I wanted to just attack the colors like a great abstract artist with lots of paint. It was a lesson in being specific about shapes, edges, colors, even if no one’s watching. Sometimes we fudge because we thing arbitrary shapes are more “creative.” Personally, I answer to God and nature when I paint so I enjoy honoring what I observe as truthfully as possible. Also, it was a lesson in using lots of paint and allowing observable forms to happen in the paint, rather than muscle them into submission.
Originally, I set out to use the same composition as I found in my friend’s photo but I just kept inventing down to the bottom of the board. The reason was to get the horizon line above center. I think it works better than the original composition. Good thing I was using the larger board!
I’d like to do more of these. Purchase this painting.