May 31st, 2015

In the Spring Woodland

Artist: Jean Mackay, United States
Artist Statement: I went out with a friend one evening to sketch at a beaver pond that is surrounded by woods. The water was dark and still, trees were lay crossways in heaps where beaver had felled them, and a large mud lodge rose on the far shore. But what struck me most was not the pond itself, but the beauty and intensity of bird song in the surrounding woods. I decided to try to capture the ethereal experience of hearing these birds, even though they never came into view. After sketching directly in ink, I painted the lightest greens first and worked my way to the darkest darks. As I did the darker tones, I looked for places to add depth with negative painting. (S&B Zeta 5.5×8.5″, watercolor and ink).

MEDIA: Watercolor and ink
SURFACE: Zeta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 275 gsm – White – Smooth Finish

Jean Mackay is Director of Communications and Outreach at Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor



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