Water, Skies, and Natural Landscapes from Oregon, Washington, and travels.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
DRIFTING IN THE WATER COLUMN
Tropical Sunrise, 6 x 8 oil
Swimming round a ridge of coral I come upon a large school of fish. Black Durgeon are a common sight feeding in midwater above the reef, but here are more than fifty, along with Raccoon Butterflyfish and Threadfin Butterflyfish. As I pause, drifting back and forth with the surge along with the whole column, I find that they allow me to come quite close. I see color and patterns I have never noticed before. The raccoons become backlit jewels, with glowing golden tails and a delicate margin of maroon along the tail and fins. The Black Durgeon have brown tracery around the eyes and face. Somehow my attention shifts focus, and I see what they are eating: Tiny creatures with two white wings, held together by something invisible and gelatinous.
As a plein air painter, I spend many contented hours sitting in some inspiring spot with the sights and sounds of the outdoors, capturing my impressions of light and color. Back in the studio, these works expand, recreating a particular place in a special moment.
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