|The Upper Pond|
So I leaned back in my chair, listened to the band, and just pretended it was a forced vacation, and the only thing I could do was relax. In a little while people started walking around, and a few times an hour someone would come over and talk for a minute.
I did have a great time, despite not being able to paint there. I finished it up yesterday in the studio, thinking about the things people had said to me about it. Almost everyone who commented on this one of the upper pond on the property and the cabana behind it, said they loved the blue. One teenage girl said it was her favorite painting there, and I got the blue perfectly. I found that interesting because I had deliberately intensified the blue of the water and the sky, using pure Ultramarine blue with white to lighten it. The actual colors of the water and sky that day weren't anything like a match for my painting, they were both a warm azure blue, part cobalt and party cyan. So I think what she meant was that it matched something in her memories or her imagination. I was fine with painting the plants and the cabana their natural colors, and the same for the mimosa tree, but I really wanted the blue and yellow to go beyond what anyone would call natural.
Maybe the way to use color to connect to people is to connect to their imaginations, not to the natural colors of the landscape.
No more small paintings till after I get A Bigger Gorge finished, but this was a really useful exercise.