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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Water Surfaces: Darby and Wissahickon Creek

A beautiful spring day along Darby Creek.  The shadows, reflections and movement of the water turn into a puzzle I enjoy trying to fit together.

Rocks and Shadows, Darby Creek Oil on canvas, 20 x 20" 

I perched on a large rock overlooking Wissahickon Creek.  A wood duck swam by so I included her in the painting.

Surface MovementOil on linen, 16 x 24" 

Detail, Surface Movement

Leaves began changing, seemingly overnight, after I started this view.  I adjusted my painting to include yellow-green and yellow-oragne additions.  The goose silhouetted against the varied yellow reflections was a welcome surprise.

Valley Green ReflectionsOil on canvas, 24 x 24" 

Detail, Valley Green Reflections 

I balanced on rocks to paint this view.  I saw a Water Thrush bobbing its tail along the bank, so I included it too; still not sure if it was a Louisiana or Northern Waterthrush.

Wissahickon RocksOil on canvas, 24 x 36" 

Detail, Wissahickon Rocks

At Bell's Mills I wanted to paint how the roots wrapped around this large mossy rock.

Root-Wrapped-Rock, Wissahickon Creek, Oil on Linen 16 x 24"

Again along Bell's Mills I painted this view of Wissahickon Creek.  I love the feeling of being in the woods, peering out from the shadows.

Wissahickon at Bells Mills, Oil on linen, 24 x 36"