Misty days are here. My studio windows face Holmes Harbor here on Whidbey Island. Over the past four days, I’ve seen beautiful examples of Pacific Northwest mist. From thin sunlight filtering through the thin shroud floating through the trees to thick impenetrable curtains hiding the view of anything further away than a hundred feet or so.
To me the mist has always been a welcome visitor; a friendly something which softens the edges of the world and allows me to more fully appreciate my warm, dry studio and home. To be sure, I will walk in the mist and my dogs will go with me. I am one of those who might even take a drive in such weather but when I turn back to the house, we will all be glad with thoughts of hot coffee and the snack jar.
The mist, also provides a challenge to the painter in my soul and I have been compelled by the subtle but continual changes going on outside my windows to put aside, for the moment, my studio paintings of summer travels to try to capture those mysterious faces nature is presenting me. I am doing a series of color sketches from which base a larger format painting may evolve.
(Note: I put a lot of my sketches as well as some of my larger pieces on e-bay. This piece can be seen at http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=261158034875&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT. So if you are interested in acquiring any of these, please look for me there, too. Search for me as Gherry Taylor)
Stay safe and warm.