Did you know that barb wire is spelled three different ways, barb wire, barbwire, and barbed wire? This blogger's mind prefers barbwire as one word.
|Watercolor in progress detail 2013|
A landscape drawing or painting with old posts and barbwire changes the entire narrative of the scene. I paint the barbwire extra thick when its in the distance in order for it to look like a [barbwire] fence.
The first photograph is like meeting an old friend in person. A subject I've painted many times from afar now up close, and its sort of weird. I'm thinking, "I know you from my paintings."
I should know the subject through sketching. This experience leaves me feeling sad (and a little silly) there are elements in landscapes that I haven't paid close attention to, taken for granted. There's a Nature anatomy that needs to be learned as well as human bone structure. Thinking of landscapes that way makes sense to me.
On that blustery day it was snowing in the Adirondacks. Alas, the atmosphere and the camera were thinking differently. I didn't catch the snowfall I was seeing. Instead, I turn around to look at where I am.