The reference photo for this painting was taken by my husband while he and his friends were on a fly fishing trip in Montana. This was an exercise in pattern and texture for painting class, and we were warmly encouraged to stray from photorealism. It is too early to say whether or not this might be an emerging style for me. I am still trying to find my calligraphic way in the medium of acrylic, which frankly often feels like I’m painting with glue. I have been enjoying the possibilities of the medium, particularly sgraffito, though not without pangs of missing certain qualities I associate with watercolor and gouache. The painting measures 16″ x 20″.
Today I bundled up and hiked down the hill. The Kinnickinnic River is spring-fed and still has open water. I don’t know yet how I’ll paint what I felt today as I rounded a bend and watched the silent flight of cold geese landing in the mists, but I wanted to share these photos taken in extreme conditions.