Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Spring Flow - Blackwood River

I rediscovered this old painting in the spare room as I rummaged through my paper supplies and thought it was time it saw the light of day. Please excuse the photograph (I must find that polarising filter).

Sandi and I spent a wonderful week in a riverside cabin close to Bridgetown in Western Australia's south-west a few years ago. We wandered aimlessly along the river on most days and took many, many photographs along the way. Thank goodness for digital cameras!

Spring Flow - Blackwood River
Acrylic 20 1/4" x 7 3/4"

The reference photo from which it was painted was taken in autumn, but "Spring Flow" sounds better to me - it's called artists' prerogative!

I completed the painting - on rough 640gsm Arches paper - over the remainder of that week. Perhaps because of the relaxed holiday atmosphere, it's a little looser in style than many of my other paintings which serves to remind me of the benefits of getting out of the city - as if I need reminding!



Sally McLean said...

I love the way you have captured the water movement and colour in this painting. I am drawn to water. It never fails to fascinate me with way it is ever changing both in form, colour and light!!

Peter Brown said...

Sally, with a fast shutter speed, a camera reveals hidden shapes in the flowing water. It fascinates me too, which might account for the hundreds of photos I took over the course of the week!

April Jarocka said...

I'm glad you did take it out to show us Peter. I love the energy in water wherever you find it.
Great photos too.
Oh and by the way, thanks for following me at my blog!

All the best

Peter Brown said...

Thanks for looking April.

Tracey Clarke said...

An artist who can paint acrylic!... is a master in my estimation....this is beautiful.
I am off to the West Virginia wilderness next week to soak in the exquisite beauty of water that looks exactly the same.....

Peter Brown said...

Tracey, thanks - you are way too kind! I look forward to seeing the fruits of your upcoming trip.