February 25th was the start of this painting…
It was started with much enthusiasm but as the weeks went on I lost the spark ~ oh it happens now and again ~ but honestly why finish something you are not keen on? Well sometimes I am not keen on life but that doesn’t mean I am going to stop living! It just makes the good times better.
And so it will be with this painting. I made it thru to the end and now have a large green painting to hang at the Comox Airport, where many will appreciate it while they wait to board their planes. It will hopefully remind them of the wonderful wild west coast of Vancouver Island, where they spent some memorable hours/days, prompting them to remember to come back.
The inspiration for it came from one of our trips to Cox Bay near Tofino. A wonderful place to walk or watch the surfers.
In Cox Bay there are several small hills that are inaccessible during high tide but can be walked on and around when the tide is out ~ these happened to be of interest to me because of the bent, wind battered trees on top.
When I was a child I marveled at the wind swept trees on sections of the coast here. My father was into making Bonsai trees at that time and they reminded me of his trees at home on the mainland in their tiny pots, wired into interesting shapes. Only these were done by mother nature ~ what a wonderful gardener she is…
” Struggle Above High Tide”
I really did struggle with this ~ so much green and how to make the sections of green stand out from the other green ~ experimenting with cold and warm greens ~ juxtipositioning warm and cold, or then again I thought, should I use only cold here and warm there? hmmm good question.
Many times the answers to my painting problems come in dreams ~ not this time. I only had nightmares about this one! hahaha ~ just kidding. I solved several “depth problems” by adding glazes at the end pushing the background away from the foreground by using a blue then brown glaze. i finished off the sides and bottom and voila it is ready for the Comox Airport, just in time for all those island visitors, any of whom will see this sight on their journey.
Well enough about this one~ now onto some smaller paintings ~ I am working on a series of boats for the Mark Penney Gallery in Ucluelet so must get started before the season is over!!
Thank you struggle ~ it makes the next painting easier…