Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Still Waters

"For me, a landscape does not exist in its own right, since its appearance changes at every moment; but the surrounding atmosphere brings it to life - the light and the air which vary continually. For me, it is only the surrounding atmosphere which gives subjects their true value."
~Claude Monet (1840 – 1926)

"When you go out to paint, try to forget what objects you have before you, a tree, a house, a field or whatever... merely think here is a little square of blue, here an oblong of pink, here a streak of yellow, and paint it just as it looks to you, the exact color and shape, until it gives you your own naive impression of the scene before you."
~Claude Monet

"I waited for the idea to consolidate, for the grouping and composition of themes to settle themselves in my brain. When I felt I held enough cards I determined to pass to action, and did so."
~Claude Monet

On the very last Sunday before our beloved little Hattie left us, the doodle bugs and I went for a trip out to the Werribee area. It was a beautiful hazy Autumn day - one of those glorious days where the soft haze makes it near impossible to distinguish where sea, sky and cloud separate - where the sea is still and calm, the sun is warm and bright, and the breeze gentle. We went for a long stroll along the Werribee South beach.

Later, we ended up at Werribee Gorge and wandered down to the river, where I managed to grab a few shots late in the afternoon. I wasn't necessarily planning on doing much with them. I figured I'd go back later and do a proper shoot. But given that it turned out to be the very last time the three of us would ever be together for such an outing, this one kind of took on its own special significance.

From the newly completed series - 'Still Waters'.

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