Deliberate painting is like music. A musician plays an instrument and creates a note with pitch and volume. A deliberate painter puts paint to canvas and creates an image. The brushstroke is the instrument. Its color is the note. Its size is the volume. The notes interact to create a piece of music. The brush strokes interact to create a painting. A painting is a moment in orchestral time.
The soil behind the red house barn was wonderful. It was a barnyard, after all. Mel grew vegetables and flowers including huge delphiniums. I had fun with the negative space in this picture. Delphiniums, of course, don't smell.
We purchased a canoe. Having grown up in the west, I found it exciting to own such a thing. As we paddled the winding Connecticut river in our canoe, a heron took flight. I was struck by it's visual relation to the environment. As it flew by the trees lining the bank, it's camouflage was effective though not obvious. It was the shapes, not the colors.