Sunday, January 11, 2015

1492 Amazing Grace

Grace Lake is in the valley beneath and in front of the Notch looking from the north. The lake is indeed amazing for its beauty. We hiked into Grace Lake on Saturday September 20th, 2014 and it offered many, many fine vistas to paint and record. The entire area is nestled within the larger park of Killarney which offers even more painting material. This 3x4 foot painting is the son of #1464 "The Notch". I thought the plein air sketch could be even better with a larger format. It is certainly not an exact copy. I tried to increase the rhythm, space and depth in the larger work.
The canvas was on the easel for most of a month. I tried to apply only the brush strokes and colours that it needed without adding too much and killing the energy with a thousand strokes. Sometimes less is more. Sometimes more is indeed more.
The title "Amazing Grace" is a play on the Christian hymn with words written by the English poet and clergyman John Newton (1725-1807), published in 1779.

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