on a plein air adventure with fellow artist
It had been at least 10 years since either of us had
been to a beloved (now protected) part of the
Sooke River know as the Sooke Potholes.
This treasure of the south Island is a salmon
spawning river and they where present in the
water as we painted. This mystical geological
wonder lies in a deep canyon with sides eventually
reaching over a thousand feet in some places.
During the wet seasons the water roars and
tumbles through the contorted rock formations
that tend to make you weak in the knees as you
gaze down from your cliff side perch at the
turbulence 50 feet below. The spot we
painted however is at the lower and quieter end
of the run. During the heat of summer it is
a well used 'swimmin' hole'!
We started to paint during a sunny break on this
somewhat wet day but just as we got into it
the sun left us and because of the steep sides
of the canyon it became quite dull and dark.
It was a challenge to see the subtle values
to say the least.
The main rock formation in this piece towers
30 or more feet above the pool below, just to give
you an idea of scale.
Oil on wood panel
10 x 8.
10 x 8.
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