Loosen up…but how?

Woodland strolls in the nick of time: autumn!

I have had the good fortune to explore a few of Concord’s many beautiful trails in the last couple weeks. My companion sets the pace walking ahead of me, and I am grateful that she strolls rather than hikes. I have always wondered why people scamper along in the woods when there is so much peace to experience, so much beauty, such exquisite filtered light that you couldn’t possibly see anywhere else. Striding along at a steady (read: fast) clip is not for me and never was, even when I had far better eyesight, less arthritis, and greater bronchial capacity! The only challenge I have on our saunters now is struggling to refrain from saying, “Ouu, look at that!” every five minutes.

By golly, I’m learning…

Those of you who have seen my artwork know that I love detail, I paint and sketch at a glacial pace, and I work small. What you may not know is that I smile and sigh aloud when I see other artists’ spontaneous, impressionistic, juicy watercolors. I belong to three watercolor groups on Facebook, and have been known to gasp at images that leave much of the detail to the viewer’s imagination.

So I am proud to say that today I was able to stop when I was “half-done,” and really like the results. More air, less paint.

Here is the scene-

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-and here is my day’s play.

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As my mentor Gif Russell used to say, ” To refrain from ‘fiddling’, use a small piece of paper and a huge brush.” It also helps if someone grabs your brush out of your hand before it’s too late!

About Bobbie Herron

I sit here in my loft studio, surrounded by watercolor brushes and paints, fountain pens, sketchbooks, journals- wanting more than anything to write and paint at the same time. I am the fourth generation of journal-keeping women, starting in 1862, and I have read their words and between their lines. This blog was inevitable: thoughts on the unsung glory of women whose lives were recorded and transformed through their writing and art.
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6 Responses to Loosen up…but how?

  1. bj224 says:

    As always, I love your work!

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  2. Maggie Butler says:

    Another lovely scene beautifully captured!

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  3. Jean Haley says:

    Knowing when to leave well enough alone! Very tricky.

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  4. Karen Prive says:

    Beautiful, Bobbie – this painting captures the spirit. And I’m with you – my “hikes” were never hiking pace – too much to see, to soak in, to admire. Soul-feeding.

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  5. Dana says:

    Beautiful Bobbie! You’ve captured the atmosphere. I forget who said it originally but it was to the effect… don’t paint the objects, paint the air.

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  6. Melanie Fisk says:

    On Thu, Nov 3, 2016 at 8:04 PM, Aloft with Inspiration wrote:

    > Bobbie Herron posted: “Woodland strolls in the nick of time: autumn! I > have had the good fortune to explore a few of Concord’s many beautiful > trails in the last couple weeks. My companion sets the pace walking ahead > of me, and I am grateful that she strolls rather than hikes. I” >

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