05 Nov Full Speed ahead on Crabs, ruminating on Eagle
Posted November 5, 2015 from Seattle,WA updated Nov 9
This is one canvas with four species going including the glamorous Red Rock Crab. Mercifully it appears I won’t have to paint an Alaska King Crab, they don’t make it this far south. They look terribly hard to paint, like all lanky animals are.
Here’s the other canvas I’ve already started with the famous Dungeness Crab on it plus the Pacific Rock Crab. I have to decide whether I’m going to paint the non-native Green Crab. My impulse is no, but I can sure see the other side of that, after all it’s part of the eco-system now. Open to thoughts
This is Eagle at Spencer, by which I mean Spencer Island behind Everett, WA and needless to say, a Bald Eagle. That’s Three Fingers and White Horse Mountains in the distance. It’s part of my new “NW Romantic” series. It’s not that I don’t like this, I really do, but I’m struggling with it, particularly how to finish the sky. I want clouds, but I want mountains also and those two desires sort of collide with realism and the fact that I have no photographic scrap of cloudy sky where you can still see mountains. May have to let go of the clouds, but then will there be too little going on in the NW quadrant of the painting? Somebody has to worry about these important questions!
This Cougar has always been a little more troubling yet than the Bobcat painting with it’s extreme closeup “lense-length.” It’s almost done, whether it will ever have a constituency is another question.
Meanwhile I decided the Evening Passage painting is just too cold and needs red, so even though it further stretches realism-credibility, I’m putting in a red buoy. I’m no pilot, I don’t know anything about where buoys are. I doubt if the positioning of this buoy makes sense in this landscape. But I guess it’s times like these you reach into your back pocket, pull out your wallet, and show the dubious questioner your artists’ license. Regardless of whether it makes sense, it saves the painting from a composition standpoint, giving it a nice S-curve, and from a color balance standpoint, creating an antidote to all that cold blue and green.