Earlier this summer I spent a rainy morning at Glamour Lake in the Haliburton Highlands in Ontario.
I woke up to a thick fog with a faint drizzle. Most people would have called it a day and made other plans, but I felt it was a nice challenge and a change from the pervasive greens of summer. So I headed out towards Glamour Lake hoping that the fog would not burn off too quickly and that I would capture its effect when I got there.
The fog stayed and the drizzle turned to a heavy downpour. After thinking things through for a couple of minutes, I decided to rig up the back of my Santa Fe so I could paint in shelter. I opened the hatch and rigged my umbrella to the end of it for extra cover. I then set up my pochade took a deep breath and started working.
As I mixed the colours and tried to get as close as possible to the feel of the day, I realized that I could probably work on multiple scenes at the same time. If the weather was not changing, the colours and shadows if any, were not changing either and that would allow me to do much more.
So I prepped three panels and focused on what I was trying to accomplish. The scene in front of me was moody and full of subtlety. A small wooded island in the middle of a vast lake in the poring rain. I could have done a diptych and to be honest that is what I had in mind at first, but in the middle of the creative process, I decided to let loose and paint what I felt was the most compelling view at the moment.
The result were these three works below. Mind you I have to be fair and say that in one of them, Mina - my camping cat companion who travelled on the summer camping trip - was a contributing artist. She sat on one of the wet panels and rearranged my composition. When I tried to “save” it, I realized that the way she reshaped the negative space was much better than the way I did it, so I accepted her contribution and continued working on the panel as she had modified it!!
These three would work well together on a warm coloured wall I think. In fact a deep red or burnt sienna wall would really make them stand out.