This was the Champlain Bridge, on Dec 23. It was due for demolition the next day, but the demo was postponed due to severe cold (I can attest to that!!). I watched as people came and went, taking pictures and sharing stories. This vital economic link was shut down with no notice when fatal structural problems were discovered.
Aside from the emotional impact, the loss of the bridge has added up to four hours to travel time. It was depicted in the Wall St. Journal. I wondered if it was sort of an icon of the last decade.
Is it pet or a landscape? I call this The Driving Lesson. It is none other than my beloved Jared when I was learning to drive.
He was adopted from the harness track, so he already knew how to drive. (Although the harness horses never learn to stop, turn, moderate pace, etc. if you think about it!!)
But Jared does whatever you ask, sometimes with a roll of his eyes and big sigh. I had him jumping too, which he thought was totally silly. One time we were driving and we came to a crosswalk, which I guess looked like a jump to him...because he jumped it! With the carriage. He aims to please!
Oh, and cart wheels are the hardest thing I've ever tried to do!!!!!
Oh Sharon, thanks for the insight! THat's what I need. I studied Inness for days in the fall. I love his massing of color and softness.
He manages to get depth too, though. And I don't want to work exactly like him, I wanted to get the little white sheds too - he doesn't often add architecture. I want to push the distance. I liked the start but it didn't have the depth I wanted.
It's funny to have an idea in your head, and sometimes you barely breathe on the work - like putting a touch of cool to push something back - and it's *there*. THat's the magic, that's what keeps you going.
Light will always push the dark areas back. And then you can see to darken them a little more. Combined it creates depth. If everything is in the same tone, there's no perspective, and it looks a little flat. You already know that, and you can see it as you work. I love watching your progress.
And I like architectural touches...makes things less boring, gives your work a story, something viewers can grab hold of, to think about.
I love your work, it always tells me a story, makes me think.