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Here’s what’s currently on my easel. It’s an 18×24″ oil painting of a scene overlooking a beaver pond at the height of fall foliage. I’m working off several photo references taken at our place upstate. It is a secondary pond that the furry engineers built once the first pond filled to capacity and the dam got too high to withstand much more pressure. The beavers just went ahead and built a lower pond to give it more stability, backing up the water to the primary dam to relieve pressure, and extend their food source into the woodlands along the stream. There was a little peninsula of land left in between the ponds, where I stood to take the photo. Since then, they were trapped out. The two streams that converge there have resumed their uninterrupted course through the woods, and this pond is no more.
The weather has been cold and my daughter has not been well, so I’ve been staying close to home, and stealing down to the studio to work on this when the opportunity presents itself. It doesn’t have too far to go. I’m trying to decide if I want to put a Great Blue Heron into the water back on the left side, near the yellow bush. What do y’all think? I’ll probably paint one to size on paper, cut it out, and set it on the painting to get an idea of how it will look. That will help me decide, and determine placement.
I’ve been slow in getting paintings photographed and up here on my site to share. However, there are a bunch of new posts up on my Hudson Valley Sketches blog, where I’ve shared three posts worth of my favorite art materials of 2012, as well as a watercolor and ink sketch I did at RiverWinds Gallery in Beacon recently. Check it out if you have a chance! I’ll have more of my paintings photographed and posted here on my Hudson Valley Painter site over the next few days.