Gallatin River 3/3/17


The moments that suddenly help define art are few and far between when an observation happens that was there the whole time and for whatever reason the physical nature of that discovery could have only happened if there is the time to take in the learning curve for the process, and BAM it now finds its way into the pieces from here on out. The observation that took place today is the fact that reflections run through the river’s ripples in a crossways manner that could only be seen from the vantage point of the viewer.  The placement for these cross lines are site specific by the trees on the far bank and add a whole other dimension to the piece.

The Gallatin River was flowing cold and clear with snow lining the banks and a slight hint of melted snow adding to the frigid blue that is the water of the Gallatin River.  Chironomids were evident on the water as about every two hours there were trout rising to the top.  The grayness of the day would not deter the lack of wind that is a huge plus this time of year.  Silver, Gray, Blue, with earth tones and a hit of green for the bottom of the river.  The painting was business as usual taking in the flow of the water and seeing the slightest of crimson purple in the riffles on the far left corner of the painting.

On this side of the river the reflection was cut down to look into the bottoms of the bed but this location lacked the rocks that define the lower reaches in the tail out of the hole.  The plus of is that the riffles that start the pool can be seen and add an element to the movement of the painting and contrast is elevated with the ripples that foam up.

This is the first painting that truly introduces the freedom to turn the painting on its side to get the movement that is seen by the viewer at the top of the water with the reflection of the trees cutting a shadow on the top.  This painting relied heavily on pre tied flies making different marks on the Lexan surface.  It is an element of the painting that is still evolving.  This painting also is the first time the Facebook Live feature was initiated in its creation and upon further critique there needs to be more close ups of the work and perhaps an introduction that will make the video last no more than perhaps a minute.  The Facebook Live part is to be continued…

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