Friday, February 20, 2009
Wooster at Vega...
The Illustration Friday topic this week is Instinct. I am posting this oil painting of Wooster at Vega Lake, where our cabin is. It is Wooster's favorite place in the whole world, and that is because his instinct is to check out every plant and tree there, to see what's been there before him. He smells deer and fox, elk and possibly even moose, bear and opossum, porcupine and grouse, mice and chipmunks and snakes, and who knows what all else. Pure heaven for a dog's nose! The old dog becomes a pup again up there... and pays for it later.
My instinct this week has been to drag out some unfinished paintings and either finish them or pitch them. This is one I guess I finished, though it may still be in the pitch-able category, too. What I don't like about it is that it looks like I painted every shrub and leaf. I didn't; I painted large areas, like the foreground was just one large mass of darks, then I put some lights here and there. Also, it's just too homogeneous. But that is what the lake looks like in the summer; green, green, and more green, with a few areas of other colors. It is 16x20 inches.