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Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Rain Song

Song K Howell 2011 Pastel on Paper 14 cm x 21 cm
     Partially owing to the wet weather, I've done very little painting out of doors. The rain has been spectacular. I love the smell, the heavy skies and the slick varnish on the world. I'm happy to get soaked, but my favourite moments are those bright breaks between showers, when a flash of sunlight bursts through from under the bruised layer of cloud and illuminates the wet world.
    This tree struck me as lyrical. It seemed to be having a good time in the rain, and has found a moment in which to shine. The very-close-but-not-quite manganese blue was admittedly an odd choice. I was thinking to evoke the elusive, toxic qualities of that blue. That's the colour I see when I smell rain. Usually.
   Interestingly, the main commercial use for manganese blue (other than its value as an artist's pigment) was to colour cement for swimming pools. It's attraction might explain my early, failed shallow dives...


  1. I so love your way with words--this tree is definitely illuminated-so wet and new with that band of orange-i like the overlap in forms and gesture and the wee lone reaching branch on the lower right-also -i think your òdd`blue choice was a sound one

  2. Thanks for dropping by, and for your comments. Virtual studio-hopping is an amazing thing. Happy Tuesday...