This was the first watercolor painting I have done in a very long time. I think the last was the year my father died which was nearly 18 years ago. I did this at Bachelor #1’s house on the shores of Fair Haven Bay Lake Ontario. It was a very cold and windy day, and I really struggled with placement of the buildings on the isthmus opposite where I was sitting. I don’t think I am very good at watercolor, but at least I was painting. (insert grimace)
I did this painting in my friend Bill’s backyard. He has the most restful and peaceful backyard, I find myself sighing with pleasure every time I am there. He gave me permission to paint there anytime I wanted to, whether he was there or not, and I took him up on it. I struggled with getting the shadow and subtlety of the black markings on the birch while still trying to maintain the white. I failed bitterly, alas.
I did this scene near a dear friend’s home in the Adirondacks. Her young daughter sat beside me creating a painting of her own. When we moved the blanket to place it better a small snake slithered out from underneath. We were buzzed by red and blue dragonflies and her daughter and I discussed Bigfoot and how she was of the opinion that it could be living in the caves that spot the cliffs high above the meadow. Ironically there have been many Bigfoot sightings in this area. I think this one turned out best of all. But it seems dark in comparison to the brilliant hot day.