Some sketches I did sitting on the bridge at John Heinz Wildlife refuge in Philadelphia. The barn swallows were going crazy and a lone turtle was sunning himself in the last rays of the day on a stick. below is the painting that came out of these sketches. I would like to go back and do a painting while I am there. It is a beautiful place and has abundant wildlife. Take a look at the web site to find out more www.heinz.fws.gov.
One of the books I am reading to get ready for attending a color workshop is “Hawthorne on Painting.” The book is basically critiques of student work although, there are no photographs. Believe it or not it still makes total sense.
The best part of the entire book is the introduction. The first paragraph is worth memorizing or posting in my studio.
” Anything under the sun is beautiful if you have the vision – it is the seeing of the thing that makes it so. The world is waiting for men with vision – it is not interested in mere pictures. What people subconsciously are interested in is the expression of beauty, something that helps them through the humdrum day, something that shocks them out of themselves and something that makes them believe in the beauty and the glory of human existence. ” Charles W. Hawthorne