Fluid Acrylic on WC and Rice Paper, 21 X 14 inches
I finished the painting with the addition of dead trees in foreground and a marsh hawk. The painting seemed to suggest a place of quiet and waiting. I am drawn to contrasts in nature: light and dark, warm and cool. With the contrast between the live trees and dead trees I attempted to imply that nature is constantly in flux.
I began this painting with a cool blue wash then dropped in some warm browns. I had thought about putting some rich gold in the landscape but liked the contrast of the brown and blue. The initial wash suggested a landscape so in step two I developed the trees. I was thinking field and trees, but before I went to bed at 11:00 PM, I added the distant treeline. The process suggested water and marsh. I saved some of the "accidents" from the first wash and am trying to let them be a part of the finished painting.
I have added some distant details to give a suggestion of shoreline based on landforms along the Northwest coast. I also a second layer of wash to the water while saving the sky from the beginning wash.
Rivers are threads connecting communities .Rivers are always flowing constantly changing.Dawn is a time of new beginning, symbolic of
the promise that every day is an opportunity for growth and change.As the sun rises, light gradually pushes back
darkness.The painting is symbolic of
the battle of dark and light, but the mood evoked is one of peace with the
promise of dawn offering hope .