Wednesday, October 20, 2010

"Day at the Dock" (oil on linen; 8" x 10") sold


Water is hard to paint.  Winds, currents, and clouds keep changing the shapes of reflections.  As I have been watching my self-confidence erode lately--no sales in the two group shows in which I participated and rejections in the Art League shows month after month although I have worked so hard all summer--it was perhaps unwise to paint water.  But I did anyway because I am always drawn to the fluidity of water.  Besides, I am an Aquarius.

I struggled through the first attempt.  My mentor and teacher, Sara Linda Poly, who was there busily helping other students during a workshop in Easton, MD, basically left me alone to figure things out on my own.  I tried the second time--the same scene zoomed in on a slightly larger canvas.  Colors got more intense, shapes were simplified, and water reflections less belabored.  There is something to be said for persistence and painting the same subject twice.  I am going to keep painting water.


  1. Wow, what a great job and I loved the story of how you perservered- it really paid off and this is a sweet little painting. Keep up the good work and keep us posted,

  2. Thanks. I want to thank you again for your generous help when I was thinking of launching a daily painting project this summer.