row row row your boat

Added on by Stephanie Visser.

“Row Row Row your boat”

Been thinking about the words to that song lately for some strange reason. Funny how that simple childhood song could be so meaningful to an adult, if we would only think about those words. We used to sing it in grade school or with my sisters, in rounds. Finding so much fun in seeing how long we could make it go on before we broke apart in laughter and giggles. But even that childish process is so much like life itself. Each one of us rowing our singular boat; all together; same water, same stream. But we are highly likely to bump into each other, try to out do each other, win some sort of race with others and cause general chaos. Unfortunately, we get really good at looking into our neighbor’s boat to see if its better, or faster, or prettier or just plain different from our boat which somehow makes it more desirable. We just might be able to move ahead faster if we have a different boat and win that proverbial race, and do it with a better looking boat.

I am trying to keep my head in my own boat these days and row more gently down that stream; no more shoulder cruising; no more comparisons and no more competition. What were the rest of those words?

“Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream”.

 

Rowboat 9-11-2004.jpg

 

There is No Single Generic wWord for “BLUE ” in Russian...

Added on by Stephanie Visser.

I’ve been thinking about color…not just your basic color theory color, but deeper and more interesting color notes in painting.  I often work off a color palette of my favorites. Remembering one of my teachers, who was a colorist, I try to incorporate a new color into my palette especially when my own seems to be getting stale to my eye.  I walk every day in my neighborhood and since I am never without my trusty I Phone companion, I am looking for interesting color cues.  Nature is the best place to find them.  I take photos and keep them in a file for those times when a piece I’m working on seems to need a boost from something or somewhere.  Nature never gets it wrong.  And it does not  matter that I’ve taken a certain photo already, because light changes and seasonal changes add depth and interest, or flowers bloom or die and supply natures life process to the colors.  

Fortunately, it’s never ending process.  Here are three good examples.  Greens are difficult to get natural looking and here are several variations on a theme.  Even though I am an abstract painter, mixing those tones into a piece and getting it right isn’t easy.  And as you can see….green is not green is not green.  It’s way more than a color name.

Take your cues for the best natural colors from nature. She never gets it wrong.

Take your cues for the best natural colors from nature. She never gets it wrong.