The Endless Fountain . . .

watercolor 15 x 22 inches

Every year around this time, to get ready for Open Studio, I clean out my flat files . . .and sometimes, I move furniture in my studio to readjust things. There is a serendipity that occurs, literally, every single year: I find works I had forgotten about completely. Many times they are simple musings, others they are terrible failures I had hoped to save at some point. Yet, once in a while, an old painting will surface that rocks me back on my heels and makes me wonder why it was hidden away. Here is one, “Parade,” which I cannot imagine why it was hiding. Of course, I had to put a few finishing touches on it, but, for one reason or another, I love looking at it.

I believe this painting is approaching 12 to 14 years old. I can see quite a difference in the way the paint sits on the surface versus how I paint now. . . . . .a sure lesson for not throwing away your old paintings: we can really see our progress.

I found a few more, too. But you’ll have to wait to see those. ūüôā That flat file has been giving up surprises every year. There must be something pushing that stuff to the surface!
I have come to the point that I don’t worry too much about having paintings for Open Studio. 10 drawers of paintings have never let me down!
By the way . . .are you planning to come to Open Studio?

8 thoughts on “The Endless Fountain . . .”

  1. This is a very striking composition and painting – but something in me wants those bg trees to have a touch more blue color? (Almost too timid to say this to an artist of your standing but what the heck, it's just my single opinion.)

  2. You could be right, Rhonda. But then, let's not forget how old the painting is. Regarding more color etc in the trees, I would say that I could care less about the trees. The painting is really about the light on the boat hulls. Any more treatment of the trees would distract from that idea. Wouldn't you agree?

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