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This is my second day of work on my work in progress, a painting of the Rainbow River in central Florida. I spent most of my time on the sky, deepening the blues, and adding clouds. I will probably continue adjusting the sky as I go. I also worked on the most distant foliage, on the left side of the painting, working with shadows and highlights to give it dimension. And I began layering colors onto the water surface. In time there will be a feeling of depth and transparency to the river...that is my goal anyway. The river is part of Rainbow Springs, and has very unusual bright turquoise patches of color characteristic of the springs. It's nearly fluorescent, and has an almost unnatural appearance, although it is entirely natural. I think it will be a challenge to depict these areas...I've already put some in and painted over them once! I'll keep working on it. Water is not an easy thing to paint, at least not for me, not yet!
I love to paint water, trees, sky, nature...all found in the local and regional parks near where I live in Clearwater. I hope to paint several more pieces from my visit to Rainbow Springs. My last two finished works, Wind in the Trees, and Lake Tarpon on a Cloudy Day, as well as several previous pieces, Wooden Footbridge at the Park, and Dancing Waters, were painted of views at John Chestnut Sr. Park in the East Lake area of Clearwater, on Lake Tarpon. It's a wonderful park. I also hope to visit several more parks over the summer along the Gulf coast, including Crystal River and Suwanee River, and the coastal estuaries. They are still pristine and precious places that I know will inspire me...but with the massive oil spill looming, though still far from our shores, we cannot take for granted that they will always be so beautiful and unspoiled. As a person who loves the nature and wildlife of Florida, I hope to express my deep concern for the natural environment and advocate for it's protection and conservation.
"Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the mind which searches into nature and which there divines the spirit of which Nature herself is animated." Auguste Rodin