View Full Version : Wetland Rythm and Blues

02-19-2011, 04:58 PM
11" x 14", pastel on Strathmore pastel paper. Started on site with a rare, blue sky, winter day, and finished in the studio.

Thanks for viewing and any thoughts you might share.



02-19-2011, 05:30 PM
very nice!

Donna T
02-19-2011, 06:51 PM
I agree, very nice! There's a kind of abstract feel to this; a close-up of nature's design. How did you like starting it on site? Was it better for you than working entirely from a photo?

02-19-2011, 09:22 PM
I love the "lyrical" shapes they hit me right off, then I got to explore the submerged reeds. You really get to look underneath for a little mystery. Great job. Joe. P.S. great title.

02-19-2011, 09:56 PM
Really nice design and movement.

02-20-2011, 07:26 AM
Great design to this. Love the reeds under water, they look very convincing!

02-21-2011, 12:07 PM
Lovely close-up of nature!

02-21-2011, 12:14 PM
Oh it's so much fun. I bet with a wide mat and a thin dark frame it's just going to vibrate!!! Barb

02-21-2011, 12:16 PM
Hope you don't mind but I had to see....

Yup - success!

02-21-2011, 12:17 PM
Maybe a little warmer or ivory mat...:thumbsup:

John Palmer Fine Art
02-21-2011, 03:35 PM
This is great Bill, I'll take it in Barb's frame.

02-21-2011, 04:03 PM
Very Nice... even see the word Boo in it.. fun piece!

02-25-2011, 01:21 AM
I apologise, I have been having server issues and haven't been able to check in here.

Donna, any small thing that contributes to making a work more personal is worth doing, especially drawing from life or on site. (I don't get the detached snow leopard-tiger-snarling wolf-celebraty subjects at all). Happily, the digital frame allows me to paint like I was still out there, but in the controlled environment of the studio (snow day today).

Barb, thanks for the framing. I did frame it in a similar fashion, but with a black mat instead of white. I think I like yours better.

Christine, I didn't notice the "letters" before you commented. And shortly after, my daughter said that it looked like writing. There must be some deep psycological message here somewhere--right brain-left brain--somewhere, but escaping my simple mind.

Thanks to all that commented and gave such positve encouragement.