|"Cloud Shadows on the Great Plains," 14 x 20, 300 lb d'Arches cold press paper|
When you can see a long way out there, across the rolling rural landscapes, the clouds ever-changing shadows dance across the fields and hills in a windy, moving symphony of shapes and color.
Today's watercolor, the largest I've painted in a long while, is a larger version inspired by by the previous one, "Room to Breathe." That became sort of a "study" or warm-up by the intimidation I feel when working on large paintings.
Given the pandemic and the racial crisis we're trying to survive,
I thought of T.S. Eliot's lines from "The Wasteland" that capture some of the truth we're living in now.
It's interesting to me how often I think of poetry and literature when I'm painting, and our national mood seems to be a metaphoric wasteland.
“Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow”
To offset that, I wanted to try to capture the peace, beauty and vastness of the Great Plains. To me they're also a metaphor for our freedoms and future. I hope this painting approaches it. Can't wait to get it framed.
The colors on this photo are not exact, because it's taken outside and reflects some of the blue of the sky, but it's close. My signature is under the big fence post, which the camera lost the detail on.