The Merced is not just a river. This painting has been in my brain since 2011. That’s when my husband and I joined our friend, Barry and his wife, in a trip to Yosemite. I took a lot of pictures, many of the water rushing over and around the rocks in the Merced River. Such good memories!
Merced = Memories. I remember the water and the rocks. I remember the BnB, the wonderful breakfasts and the hummingbirds, the deer, the waterfalls, the magnificent Yosemite beauty.
As I painted this it all came rushing back. I hope Barry’s and Jen’s memories are as good.
Date: 2016. Size: 12 x 9. Price $600.
Sometimes, I really have no clue.
The set-up at the Art Students League for Frank O’Cain’s Abstract Watercolor class is always chaotic … by design. You have to pick and choose, what to paint, where to put it on the paper … in short, it’s an exercise in composition. I confess, I painted this vertically, made a whole lot of changes to try and make it work and then kept turning it around and around to try and discover what really worked and what else I could do.
Frank’s input, as usual, was critical. The changes were not monumental, but then they rarely are. It’s being able to see the little things… I wish I could say I’m the one who always sees them.
2016. 12×9. $600.
I’m so excited that my painting, Running the Rapids, has been accepted into the Salmagundi Club’s 2016 Non-Member Exhibition.
The show runs from Monday, July 18 through Friday, July 29th, 2016, 1-6 M-F, 1-5 Sa-Su. The Awards Reception is Friday, July 29, 7-9pm. The Salmagundi Club is at 47 Fifth Avenue @ 11th Street, New York, NY 10003.
I was experimenting with different blues and raw sienna using a rubber wedge to move the paint around. The result reminded me of my camping days running the rapids: tumultuous, exhilarating, a little dangerous, but fun…much like my relationship with acrylic paint so far.
Hope to see you at the reception on July 29.