I got the word that it would be extremely unlikely that the “hidden for now” painting would be seen on my blog before it was delivered to its intended recipient. The plan is to present this to the owner of the property, who is not that fond of winter! Maybe insert a little summer light into the dark days of December.
There were some people in the original photo that got removed in the interest of focusing attention on the lovely scene. There was also one cat hair that got unintentionally added–I didn’t notice it until the first coat of varnish had dried and I didn’t dare remove it for fear of lifting off paint with it. Thanks to my orange tiger cat, always trying to be a part of the action. The single cat hair is visible in this photo; if you are of the sleuthing sort you can attempt to find it.
What I do love about this photo is that it’s probably the first one out of the maybe hundred or so paintings on Aquabord™ that I’ve done that manages to show the watercolor paper-like texture of the board. It’s particularly evident in the sky, and the texture also helped me out with the reflective quality of the water. Even after all these paintings, I still find Aquabord™ to be a somewhat tricky surface to deal with but also much more forgiving than watercolor paper.