Thursday, November 15, 2012

"A Bridge"


"A bridge is the way over murky waters." There is a way across the murky waters of life. It's the Word of God.   The visual image is just another way of connecting art to the deeper things of life.

This bridge is located on the premises of the Biltmore Estate in Ashville N.C. Just an interesting tidbit...the same landscape architect that designed the grounds on the beautiful estate also designed Central Park.  I found this bridge to be very interesting and the water was greenish blue and quite murky. 

When deciding on subjects to paint, I like to include architectural elements or structures as often as possible because they create such a contrast to the surrounding natural elements and seem to add a strong grounding to the piece. It would be great to be able to paint every beautiful scene on location, but often that is simply not possible. In this case the road close to the bridge has a steady stream of cars so there would be no place to park or get close enough on foot to set up an easel. 

The next best thing is a good camera and a good laptop. I personally like to bring the image up on my computer rather than painting from a printed photo. It seems that the back lighting on the screen gives a truer statement of the colors and image. And there you have it...just a few more things to think about. 

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