|River Study 1-Libby Fife|
|River Study 2|
On Friday I was out and about with my sketchbook and paints. This time I went to see the Calaveras river which runs over by Hogan Dam. The dam and park are run by the Army Corp of Engineers out of Sacramento and because of that, there are well marked trail heads and little areas in which to walk and fish. This area is over by the quarry right next to a little bridge where I have seen people fishing. I just parked my car, pulled out my tri pod stool and sat down to record some color notes. I know many painters are excited by color and technique or something along those lines; nothing wrong with any of that. I wonder though about having a connection to what you are seeing and doing. What I am finding out is that it is really the landscape itself and the feelings that it evokes which spurs me on. What is my personal reaction to what I am seeing and how can I most accurately describe and express that through paint? I just want to be able to record that somehow. So, these trips to collect color notes and descriptions of what I think about what I am observing are important in helping me to connect the dots.
OK, I hope everyone had a creative weekend. I have a potentially busy week ahead so I am going to get crackin'! Thanks for reading and commenting.