Organic and Inorganic Structures
I live in Austin because I think it is a beautiful place, Every where I look I see something I want to paint. One of the lovely things about this area is the many places where water provides a cool retreat from the hot, dry landscape. Lady bird Lake, Barton Springs, the Highland Lakes, Onion Creek, Hamilton Pool, and Krause's Springs--these and many more are favorite places where water creates a unique mini environment within the Hill Country Landscape. My recent projects have centered around Lady Bird Lake. I like the juxtaposition of the urban structures, including buildings, construction cranes, and bridges, with the organic shapes of the water, trees, and birds.
When painting this scene, I decided that the tree next to the bridge pillar on the center right was the center of interest. I wanted to add more contrast between warm and cool colors to the picture, so I changed the foliage to Fall colors. In fall, the bald cypresses and sumacs in the area turn brilliant oranges, reds and yellows, and I used those colors to make certain trees, plus the bridge come forward in the picture, Cooler colors in other foliage and the buildings made them recede. Some spritzes of water from a fine mist sprayer helped keep the details in the biggest cypress in soft focus, so the eye could go on and travel into the picture.
Marsha Reeves is a watercolor painter living in Kerrville, Texas