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.