Painting Water

Hampton copyBack when I lived on the water, I just had to mentally close my eyes and I could just see it. All I had to do was paint what was before me. It seems that I have been gone from the water too long. If you were going to represent the human form it would be logical that knowing something about anatomy would be step one. So it is with water. Now imagine drawing a human form that was constantly changing form. To paint water requires a knowledge somewhat like the Wayfinders of the South Pacific. You need to understand that the shape of it is not as random and unorganized as you would think. In fact, it is very organized. Each wave is there because it was caused to be there, shaped by an island that is a thousand miles away. Understanding the ocean swell, the wind driven wave and the ripples of the breeze is the mechanical understanding but the artist needs to feel it within as well. If you don’t have it in you, how can you bring it out.
Of course now what color to put down. I guess most people are surprised to find how often water isn’t “Blue”. It is just a mirror that is both reflective and transparent at the same time. So, the color is just the colors of what is all around it. The more the mirror is bent the more we see of our surroundings in it. Light horizon or dark horizon depends on the weather above. I used to know this like a jazzman knows the scale. It is hard to understand how getting away from the water can cause so much rust.

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2 Responses to “Painting Water”

  1. Lynn Says:

    i guess i just never thought of water as just a mirror that is both reflective and transparent. that’s beautiful mike…and it makes so much sense. so separation of yourself from water has caused you to rust? interesting….i do love your work..funny, you don’t seem rusty to me. šŸ™‚

  2. Michael Scott Says:

    Next time you look at a body of water try to see it that way. And, yes, the longer I am away from it the more I forget. If I don’t return soon I will start to squeek.

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