Skip to content

Water Series, some look like water …

It has suddenly dawned on me that I’ve been painting a series about water for over a year.  It started with a trip to New Zealand in January 2017 and continued through a trip to Japan and now to memories that go back 10 years.  The paintings in my Water Series, some look like water, some  like space, some like well, I don’t know what.

Water is fascinating: how it moves; how it changes color; what’s on the surface; what’s down deep. You get glimpses, but you’re never really sure. It’s always changing.

All of them are painted with acrylic on paper, to this day, many of them using acrylic like watercolor, my first love.

And there is no easily recognizable sequence.  They all start as paintings of water (my intention), and then the painting takes over and tells me what it wants.  At a certain point with each one, it doesn’t matter what my wishes are/were, I simply have to go with what makes sense for the painting itself. For someone who likes to be in control (moi), this is not easy. So sometimes I get it, and sometimes I don’t. And when I don’t, the painting goes in a file and I start a new one, hopefully having learned something from the previous failure.

It started with Beyond the Pale

Beyond the Pale

Beyond the Pale      Acrylic on paper     18×24      $1400

Does Beyond the Pale even look like water?

Then came Living the Light which, of course, does feel similar to Beyond the Pale.  In addition to using acrylic like watercolor (thinned extensively with water), both also made extensive use of masking fluid to protect the lights.

Living the Light

Living the Light      Acrylic on paper        18×24      $1400

Then came several more paintings with non-water titles but based on lake and river water in New Zealand and Japan. This started to just be about water. Then I started seeing seals … or fish … or maybe birds. Ultimately it’s about migration. And here I started not thinning the acrylic so much with water, using it more like acrylic and less like watercolor.

Migration

Migration      Acrylic on paper      16×12      $850

Then came Go with the Flow, which certainly looks more like water.

Go with the Flow

Go with the Flow      Acrylic on paper       15×11      $750

Watching the water billow up next to our boat on the lake in New Zealand was the inspiration for the followling three  paintings, none of which ended up looking particularly like water, but with all of which I ended up using acrylics like watercolor (again).

Passage

Passage          Acrylic on paper      16×12      $850

 

Jacobs Ladder

Jacobs Ladder      Acrylic on paper      16×12      $850

As with the paintings, Passage and Jacob’s Ladder, Celebration started with the color patterns in the churning water next to our boat in New Zealand. And the colors and painting process used are the same as in Passages.

But what a difference. This painting is playful, joyous, dancing. It’s a celebration of life in all its complexity and wonder. Somehow this painting insists on being happy.

Celebration

Celebration      Acrylic on paper      15×11      $750

Finally, (there were others, but I don’t want to overdo it), Silence of the Deep.

Silence of the Deep

Silence of the Deep      Acrylic on paper      12×16      $850

This time I wanted to convey the depth of the water. Lots of layers of blues and white. This was on Lake Ashi in Hakone, Japan. Does it look like water?

At the end of 2017, I started to go back to my (many years earlier) memories of the Merced River, visiting Yosemite with good friends, and looking at the river rushing over the rocks from the balcony at the inn.

Memory of Merced

Memory of Merced      18×24      Acrylic on paper      $1400

 

Finally (so far), I have one last memory of Merced, Rapids:

Rapids

Rapids      Acrylic on paper       12×16      $850      2018

I have no idea where this will end, if ever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by ruthhurd on February 26, 2018

Leave a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Note: HTML is allowed. Your email address will never be published.

Comments Feed

%d bloggers like this: