Sunday, March 13, 2016

Painting a Drainage Ditch [feedly]

Painting a Drainage Ditch
// Gurney Journey

The air is warming and the water is flowing. The fields are grooved with drainage ditches to carry off the rain water.

James Gurney, Drainage Ditch, gouache 5x8 inches 
Sun-sparkles dance on the water surface. Under the water the drowned grass moves lazily in the current. In the sky above, the geese ply their lines northward. (Link to YouTube)

Abraham Maslow said, "The great lessons from the true mystics, from the Zen monks, is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one's daily life, in one's neighbors, friends, and family, in one's backyard, and that travel may be a flight from confronting the sacred. To be looking everywhere for miracles is a sure sign of ignorance that everything is miraculous."  

Thanks to my brother Dan for the quote. You can read his blog about exploring estuaries here.

For more about gouache painting, check out my video tutorial, Gouache in the Wild.
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