by Andy Weddington
Sunday, 18 January 2015
"Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week." Joseph Addison
It's 0600 and dark still.
Before me, across the harbour a rooster crows. And another rooster crows, too.
Wake up! Wake up!
Nearby, birds chirp. One squawks, as if in anger.
A dinghy without navigation light putters across the still water.
The lighthouse mantle fades and rotation done. No more kerosene. Dawn takes over the sentinel's nocturne duty.
Behind me, I hear the Atlantic surf.
Sun breaks the horizon. Day is here.
'Carissa's View' 5 x 5 ½ in. gouache on paper
Before 0600 I wrote a note of reply to the wife of a 70 year-old man. A few days ago I taught him a philosophy of painting. He had never painted.
Ken's hat - 2 1/2 x 4 3/4 in. - a little gem. The post course paintings and reminders for Ken and Bob meant to reinforce - painting is bumping color shape against color shape simply. It's a flat surface and can be nothing more. Drawing (though important in its own right but best separated for beginner painters) is not a necessary precursor. Let color shape(s) define space and form and the difference between things. Ergo painting is a process of adjusting color shapes, throughout the entire canvas (or paper) and all to the same degree of development, then stopping not when "finished" but in an interesting place. Complexity (consequently) follows - it need not ever be purposeful.
'Ken's Hat' 2 ½ x 4 3/4 in. gouache on paper
The crux (of painting) rests not in the tools nor hand (nor foot nor mouth) but in imprinting the color (wheel) into brain, heart, and soul. Complements and split complements must come to mind without thought, instantly. Periwinkle, lavender, pale rose, turquoise, and mushroom are not colors. Most who paint neglect to master the elemental, "learn" too much useless "how to" and "tricks" stuff, study others too much, become confused, and overthink. Disappointment along with being puzzled as to why they do not improve follows. If only to master the great big obvious. See the elephant! And, oh by the way, it's not gray nor brown (not colors, either) but a neutral.
Powerful painting, size moot, rests in beautiful simplicity - as to color and shape (design inclusive). Ever a struggle - happily.
This year's small watercolors - transparent and gouache - a happy, fortuitous accident once here and painting (the polar opposite paradigm of past years painting large acrylics - this year limited to three demonstrations and one in oil). So, the small works all "finished" paintings in their own right with some destined to become large interpretations in acrylic and oil.
Thirteen years and I've yet to paint Hope Town the same way. Still trying to figure it out. Next year another try.
Monday 0800 ferry. America and duty to beckons.
PS Encourage Ken (and Bob). They are finding their way."
'Ken - What to Paint?' 2 x 3 in. Sharpie doodle on paper
The roosters crow still.
Wake up! Wake up!
The birds chirp. One squawks still.
The harbour is light.
The sentinel now poses for postcards - until duty calls at dark.
The surf crashes still.
It's a Sunday.
It's a sun day.
And the rust is gone.
Time for a walk.
And later a beer.
'Kalik' 8 ½ x 6 in. gouache on paper