The word, “Summer” conjures up a myriad of thoughts, ideas, feelings.
It might evoke thoughts of ……
By gone days.
Picnics in the past, spent under a shady tree while the warm breeze rustles the sun dappled leaves. Or in the cool peaceful breeze of the patio.
For the under 20’s perhaps Summer brings the more ‘urgent and now’ feelings of where to go, Right Now!
Perhaps water skiing around a 15 mile island in the bracing waters off the Canadian shores,
or for some the challenge of hiking in the Cascades or Rockies is a great Summer pastime.
But if you’re in the midst of winter, as we are in the Southern Hemisphere, then Summer might just be a tantalizing lure.
As artists, to paint Summer scenes with authenticity, we need to fully immerse ourselves in that place. To be in that moment. So that the viewer, might also feel the Summer warmth shine upon them as well.
Patio in Summer Watercolor
This Impressionist watercolor painting, (not new) was painted for a class demo.
I’d painted it to show how to simplify and create soft dreamy edges.
It was painted one sunny day in Summer on my patio.
I was there, completely immersed in the shimmer of light, the sun’s warmth, and the wonderful peace.
Watercolor does have a magical quality I think for conveying light and sun, color and Summer.
When I paint plein air, it is my preferred medium. It responds truthfully, beautifully when I ask it to convey something needed for the image.
Commit to the Creation
When we create, write, sing, paint, whatever…. commit, with your truth.
Be authentic, be real.
Be bold. Make each and every brush stroke mean something.
The viewers, the audience, will appreciate your authenticity.
“Sing it, Your Way!”