About this painting …
The Heron was out this morning and made it clear he wanted to be included in this piece. For me this bird represents great power as a hunter and remarkable adaptability as it dwells in the marshlands and Mangroves. This is the space between land, water and sky – between realms of salt water and freshwater. It was fun and auspicious to be able work this beautiful creature into the mix . A reminder that we are rewarded for being flexibility and can receive bounty from multiple sources.
Painting a sunrise is an incredibly sensual experience – a visual feast of light and color unfolding in real time with all the elemental forces of wind water and scent fully engaged – it is a sacred dance that unfolds – the creation of the piece is an attempt to flow with the sacred moment and offer an authentic slice of my personal experience. Check the notes on the back of the piece for more details about the day in the gallery images.
Series Notes: A Caribbean sunrise painted in watercolor in Puerto Morelos Mexico, (South of Cancun). These paintings are a meditation on the ephemeral nature of our experience. The world is in constant flux and I am drawn irresistibly to the dance of color that is the morning sky. Water color is a perfect medium to flow with the rapidly changing sky – it’s advantage is the spontaneous gesture and clarity that is possible with just a few well chosen marks – one needs to keep moving forward as the work develops – forgoing fussiness in favor of unexpected synergies. The goal for me is to capture the feeling of the particular day – it’s fleeting character – be it calm or blustery – cloudy or clear – authenticity of experience conveyed to the viewer – the emotion of color and mark unfolding in real time. Each work carries a description of the day to help contextualize the image with the cauldron of experience that helped bring it forth. Sometimes shorebirds or Herons sneak into the workload their particular magic to the mix.
4 x 16 in Winsor Newton Watercolor on 140lb Arches Cold Press Watercolor Block paper