Author: Larry_Seiler, Contributing Editor
|I had the itch to paint. It was Memorial weekend, and finally some sun! Unfortunately, by the time I arrived to my intended site, the clouds had rolled in, and it was spotty with rain.|
|My first step was to assess the site, and I first hiked in to the falls. I concluded rocks were slippery and the path muddy, so better shoes was a must. I also made my choice on a place to set-up. Mosquitos were bad, so I knew I'd need my Cutters bug spray!|
I jogged back to the van, got my El Greco easel and gym bag, and headed on back down. I was truly in the middle of nowhere, and I guess one of these days I'll invest in a cell phone...just in case!
|The photo almost does not do justice to the falls. It was more intimidating, very fast, and a good roar. I could have done 3 or 4 paintings here, and it was first a task just to choose the best scene.|
I was bummed that the sun left, but a generally clouded sky allows for longer paint time with a sustained lighting.
|I used the camera viewer to actually frame my potential painting view, looking for compositional dynamics, angles, and though this vertical was a possibility, I felt a horizontal would better emphasize the fast horizontal flow of the water.|
|I was shrouded by overhead limbs, as is common in northern Wisconsin forests. Lighting wasn't the best, still I was intrigued by the colors in the water changing at such rapid speed. I spent a good time squinting my eyes, looking first for patterns made by shadows, then masses of general color, and lastly reflections of light and the water's depths. |
This process is fast, taking me usually about ten minutes time. Good thing to, as I had to stop and reapply mosquito spray...the dern little critters!