I know it’s a strange title but in keeping with the recent weather here in the North Island of New Zealand. I painted over the beginnings of a still life composition that wasn’t quite coming together. A number of layers later the final image immerged…
I love starting with really loose beginnings and finding familiar compositions within these abstractions.
Although the beginning sketches were reminiscent of winter trees, it’s summer here in New Zealand and I naturally leaned towards warmth and the movement of a warm breeze through trees.
It was a little grey and overcast this particular day as we ventured out on our bicycles for breakfast and coffee. Unfortunately the heavens opened and down came the rain so only time to capture the scene taken on the Muhunoa East Road by camera and later working a few sketches from this in the studio.
Starting from an abstracted horizontal study I rendered this back to the original sketch. Media used included; water soluble pencil and carandache crayon, gesso, ink – both permanent and water based and soft pastels.
Work is approximately 14″ x 7″ on Fabriano Artistico 300 gsm HP paper.