Monday, July 15, 2013

Tide Pond, Sketch

Pastel on Richeson sanded, 6.6x5.5

12 colors for 12 minutes

Quick sketch of color and composition for a larger work.  I have not been in my studio for more than a week, and I can see in this sketch the lack of practice and attention.

The scene is a view of a tidal pond at Castaway Island Preserve.  This view is from the boardwalk, and the water is visible only for a few minutes at high tide.  In the morning light the cedar trees form a back drop to the marsh grasses.  The gray-green of the trees makes the bright green of the new spring marsh grass flash against the remains of the yellows and ochers of the winter.