Sunday, October 23, 2011

Finding Patterns in Unexpected Places.

Harlequin Duck and Sandstone, Drumbeg Provincial Park

I'm always looking for strong patterns to use as subjects for paintings. Last month,while on Gabriola I was just finishing a painting and noticed that the light had shifted to highlight the sloping shelves of sandstone and incoming tide. The effect, with reflection of the sandstone on the waveless water was a strong chevron pattern. I worked quickly to put down some of the information on my canvas before the light changed and we had to head out for dinner. I put a Glaucous-winged Gull in the lower left hand corner, but later painted it out in favour of the more strongly patterned male Harlequin Duck.

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