I began this painting about two years ago from a photo of Taneum Creek which is near Thorp Washington. The first time was very gestural and came to a stop due to time and other issues. but it was a nice set of calligraphic marks. People liked it and it was in my living room/studio for two years.
Rethinking it - I notice the space - and the movement of the water - is what is interesting. The branches on the top are part of the foreground but behind them the space punches way back. Actually I didn't notice that until this second look, yet that is what is dramatic about the scene. As is usual with many of my images there is no horizon, nor sky, nor way to get out of the space so it remains very closed and full of pattern. There are also fluctuations with what is transparent and what is opaque - the reflections add to the dialogue of the near and far.
Also, at this point I have the time to explore the actual spatial relationships in the motif - from the photo - and from numerous trips to the site - so I can make a picture that is more than just a weaving of calligraphic marks that create a web of space -- or at least a web of marks that describe a more nuanced space.
gallery below shows the progress so far. the first three states show a lot of re-drawing.
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