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Brook Musings, January 15, 2010

As a young boy I enjoyed spending time alone in the woods. Sitting in a quiet spot while watching nature around me was always a time of peace. As I grew older and found that sitting by a small brook or creek was even more relaxing, I would seek out places where I could enjoy the solitude and sounds of water running over rocks. I discovered a nice city park a short walking distance from where I was living a short time before these drawings were started. I would meditate a few hours each day along the creek, resting on a natural seat formed by the roots of a box elder tree. The sounds of the creek would drowned out the noise of the town a short distance away.

When I started drawing in the sketchbook, it was small enough to stash in my coat pocket. I would walk to the park and sit for a while, then pull out the sketchbook and do a drawing. On this winter day I wanted to capture the flow of the water in the creek, the winter sunlight shining down through the leafless trees, with crows flying off in the distance. I also wanted to capture the sounds of the water as it tumbled over bedrock jutting up out of the creek bed, with a goose swimming about nearby. I wanted to give a visual expression of the feelings the creek evoked in me. My thoughts would flow along with the water and slowly the creek and surroundings would wash away my worries. The music of the air was sweet in this respite for the troubles of the world. My hand danced across the paper and spaces between the lines became the slow eddies of water before me.

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"Brook Musings"
Pencil
5 x 3.5 inches | 12.7 x 8.9 cm
Strathmore 50 lb | 74 g/m
January 15, 2010

On April 26, 2016, I began the task of doing a series of watercolor paintings based upon the sketches from the "Tunnel Vision Tapes". The process involved using charcoal to sketch out the lines from the pencil sketch. The goal is to get as close as I can to those original lines within a few minutes. Then I would go over the charcoal with an eraser to smudge and push the charcoal into the watercolor paper. After documenting the charcoal, I would take the painting outdoors and work on it with watercolor paint. The next day I would do a second session with each painting. Using the "dry brush" technique on the previous session would increase the luster, richness of the colors already down, and add more color to areas as needed. While the original sketches are not for sale, these works are available by credit card via PayPal. To see detail photographs of the paintings, click the photograph to go to the watercolor page it is presented on.

 

 

"Brook Musings" Oliver Loveday  2016
"Brook Musings" Oliver Loveday  2016
"Brook Musings" Oliver Loveday  2016
"Brook Musings" Oliver Loveday  2016
 

"Brook Musings"
Charcoal and watercolor
30 x 22 inches | 76 x 56 cm 120 lb/300 gsm cold press
May 1, 2016
$3,500.00 (USD)

 

 

"Brook Musings"
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"Brook Musings"
(detail)

 

"Brook Musings"
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