I went to Harbourville today with the plein air group determined to keep it simple. It wasn’t.
At the two hour mark I had a very muddled, flat painting. Once home, I added some ink, some extra grass, and scratched out a few more highlights. It turned into an interesting piece, but not at all what I was hoping for.
I was looking to capture the light in the delicate hues of the wild Everlasting Pea that grows along the rocky coast. I was unable to mix the colour I saw, but I think the looseness reads as a pea flower.
The opening in the rocks gave the sense that it’s not a spot you’d want to step in while the mud on the right looks a bit like a lions paw; and in the end, it’s the dark crevasse that seemed to be the focal point.
I spent a lot of time trying unsuccessfully to get the right values on the granite and earth around the opening to emphasize the void. I’m not sure why I was so drawn to it. Maybe the flowering peas are not really so light and only grow there to lure in unsuspecting artists… but that sounds a little like a fairy tale for another day.