Thursday, January 22, 2009

Small Spaces series

12 x 9 soft pastels on Art Spectrum Colourfix
by Miki Willa
I first got the idea of doing a Small Spaces series a couple of years ago when I noticed that I was fascinated by little places and scenes. Scenes often overlooked in our everyday fast pace as we work hard to get through life. I found myself drawn to the corner at the bottom of the concrete steps where a flowering weed grew, or the rock formation around one of the steam vents on a volcanic plain. I do love the grand vistas, and enjoy painting them, but once in a while, I see something small that touches my painter soul.
Last summer, we took a short hike in Flaming Geyser State Park. After walking along the Green River, we started up a narrow trail along a small creek. When we got to the point where it became too muddy for my shoes, I noticed a really interesting place along the stream where the water was rushing and churning over a few smallish rocks. The branches hanging over the stream were covered in lichen and moss. This is a small space of no more than three or four square feet in the water.
I used dark purples, reds, greens, and blues in the rocks. The water is all from the Unison light set. The lichen and moss are mostly from the yellow-greens in the Terry Ludwig green set from many years ago. I had great fun creating this new addition to the small spaces series. I think I have turned a corner in my rendering of moving water.


Tom said...

I love how you have captured a space. Great composition. I am glad about you turning a corner, water has so many properties that are unique. Water has it all everyting from its' reflective properties, seeking the path of least resistance, to the foam forming relationship to the air which make it a big challenge.

Jo Castillo said...

Miki, looking nice. I'm trying some water as well, so I will be checking out your work for hints. :)