Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Painting streams

Iao Stream, Maui
7 x 10 soft pastels on Art Spectrum Colourfix
Miki Willa
The challenge in this painting was getting the water just right. I am happy with parts of it, but the diagonal riffle isn't quite working yet. This is a stream that drains a valley that catches up to 400" of rain annually. I took the reference photo during the fall when the stream was relative low. There are little riffles all down the stream as it tumbles and dances its way to the mouth of the valley. You can see the path below as it drops to the edge of the stream. If you are ever on Maui, a trip to the Iao Valley is well worth your time.

1 comment:

Julie at Virtual Voyage said...

The water is realistic and I thought the white riffle does work - lovely effective piece of observation.