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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Why I like rocks....

In progress now.....maybe half done

Sometimes I wonder myself why I like rocks so much to paint them.  Maybe it is this:

Their interesting shapes, sizes, colors, cracks, the way they are stacked, split, leaning or falling.  The moss or lichen or rust on them.  The way light hits them, the way bounced light from surrounding plants reflects plant colors on their shade sides, the way the blue sky is reflected on the sides that turn down from the sun-lit tops, and the way plants grow around them or under them.  I also am impressed with how they are around for so many eons - surviving wind, rain, ice, heat, earthquakes, landslides, glaciers, and volcanoes.

7 comments:

Sharon said...

Whatever the reason it is that you like rocks, you have certainly nailed them. That's a lovely painting Carolyn.

Jane said...

Interesting and very difficult subject but coming along beautifully, the light is already stunning here.

Euphoria said...

You sound like a geologist. I think rocks is one of your specialties. Questions: Do you always copy them from nature? Do you invent your own rocks?

Carolyn said...

Hi Jane, Sharon and Kira! Thanks for your comments. Kira, one thing I learned from teachers is to make sure rocks or landmasses do not resemble body parts! You have to change the rocks in your painting if they do! My mistakes have been rocks that resembled gluteous maximus (with butt crack), a big breast, and an Idaho potato. (So embarrassing!) This is where your imagination comes in to correct this!

Ida M. Glazier said...

Again. you are doing wonderful things, really. I too love the rocks, and these make me think of that Tamerack trail we went on a few years ago. Especially in the morning, when the sun hits things beautifully.

ti-igra said...

Hello, Carolyn!
As always - fantastic pastel - I love the realistic rocks - if I may to touch them and feell their hardness and roughness :)
You are like a wizard! :) You are real artist - because artists - are wizards!!!!

:))))) I love rocks too but here only sometimes hills and wide plain around!!!!!! :))))

Euphoria said...

I see. Thank you!