Today I went to Oakland Mills hoping to sketch groups of figures (they were having bands and $4 tenderloins which should draw a crowd). Instead I got "way-laid " by the sound and sparkle of all the water going over the dam.
I sort of like the water in this watercolor but perhaps the rest turned out a bit busy or overworked. No use making excuses like it was windy and drying up the palette, or I'm still in pastel or oil mode, etc. As a watercolor, if this were simpler it might be stronger. It SHOULD be about the light on everything but mostly the light on the water - the thing that turned my head. The power of watercolor is its ability to convey light and atmosphere with extreme economy. The ones where drips look like stuff instead of stuff looking drippy. As time goes on I'm getting fonder of those kind of images...maybe because simplicity and light are becoming rarer commodities. Here are a few that charm:
And Mr. Sargent of course...
POINT BEING: THERE ISN'T A COMPLICATED BRUSHSTROKE IN ANY OF THESE - THE GENIUS IS IN THE SEEING, SIMPLIFICATION AND ORGANIZATION.