I haven't been out painting much lately, and when I have, twice in the last week, it's been to go just down the street to the Interstate Park on the Minnesota side. The first one I painted Saturday the 14th of August, the day after my workshop here in Taylors Falls wound up. Friends and students in the workshop Bruce Newman, Annie Compton and Linda Epstein stayed a day extra and were there painting too, so I joined them.
The water was high then, but yesterday a week later it's even higher from all of the rain the region's been having. Makes for some interesting patterning on the surface and lot's of foam from the spill coming over the dam in St. Croix Falls, WI just up river.
I met some nice people, had a few jokesters too... But best of all I met a young artist named Steven ( about 11 or12 yrs old, a guess... sorry Steven if I'm off by a lot) and his parents. Steven is a painter in acrylics and named the colors on my palette by specific names, ie... "Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Viridian"... not just "red, blue and green"! Steven is going places! :)
Did I mention it was hot, but a beautiful day?
I was really attracted to the 'coffee and cream' coloration in the water of this one. The water up here is always stained due to it's originating in the northern forests of Tamarack and peat bogs. But right now it has a lot of sediment (the cream) stirred up in it from the flow, giving it a creamy, chocolate brown color. The river was approaching a 'record' ft/per/cubic inch flow.
'Record Flow' - oil- 12x16 - August 14, 2010 © Marc R. Hanson
I heard from a ranger in the park yesterday while painting that the river is now at 'record flow'. But it was the warming of the late summer color that really caught my eye and provided the contrast to the cool hillside in the distance and the reddish hues in the water and the rocks in shade. The entire scene had a 'yellow green cast' to it.
'August Colors' - oil - 11x14 - August 22, 2010 © Marc R. Hanson