Saturday, March 28, 2009

Susquehanna Rocks

12"x 12" oil/gessobord

Been very busy again. Finally got out to paint this afternoon. At least it wasn't raining, although we could use it. With my latest hesitation to paint bridges I firmly planted my feet on the banks of the Susuehanna with the mighty Rockville bridge BEHIND ME! Yes, I faced upriver and picked three rock masses to anchor the painting. The mountains here dive steeply towards the river making composition challenging.

On another note I was tagged by Jala Pfaff. I promise to get to my tagging duties very soon.(I promised Loriann too, I didn't forget Loriann). I will get to tagging some folks soon! Not sure that came out right?


Loriann Signori said...

Talk about the beauty of a limited palette filled with subtlety! really nice color! The river was beautiful today, wasn't it? But then again, there is never a day when it is without its crown.

Brian, you are excused for the tardiness of your tagging duties, after all it is the painting that matters. It was Richard Mckinley who taught me my essential question. (An essential question is one which all the decisions in your life have to pass through.) Mine is, "Is it good for the painting? (the life of painting)" Which means when asked to do something, like be an officer for the local art organization, the first question is, Is it good for the painting? If I feel it will take time and the equation is not in the practice of painting's best interest, the answer is no. It has made life much simpler. It has really helped me negotiate my responsibilities to my part-time job. (The one that pays the mortgage.)
Boy I sure went off on a tangent.
take a deep breath and enjoy painting!

brian eppley said...

Thanks Loriann. Yes, the river was a gem today. Even in the low light conditions the scene was beautiful. I felt like I had all day to paint but still painted rapidly. The light wasn't about to change.

I really like your essential question. I think I probably do that now to some extent but my job does affect my decisions. I'm currently redesigning the website for the "real job". That stuff takes up time and staring at the computer for so long I just can't muster up the eye strength to search additional bloggers, artists etc... I see so many great artists on the others and your site that I'm not sure I can add anything new.

No, you didn't go on a tangent. I understand completely.

Jala Pfaff said...

I like this. I really feel COLD WATER when I look at this.
Brave of you to have that bridge at your back. :)

Take a break from tagging, no big deal.

brian eppley said...

Thanks Jala. I need to meditate.