#64: Edge of Camp

#64: Edge of Camp (Oil on Canvas, 10 x 8 inches)
#64: Edge of Camp (Oil on Canvas, 10 x 8 inches)

This painting was based on a charcoal sketch I made of a spot that I pass on my morning walk. The charcoal sketch is shown below – I actually like the charcoal a bit better and have since made a watercolour and charcoal painting of it – I hope to post this tomorrow.

#64: Edge-of-Camp (Charcoal on Paper, approx A3 size)
#64: Edge-of-Camp (Charcoal on Paper, approx A3 size)

A photo of the actual place on which the above two works are based is shown below. As you can see I have used my artistic freedom quite liberally. I do also like the photo and plan to do a painting of it someday soon.

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The presence of water near a clump of overhanging trees remind me of an intimate space in a small enclosure of the landscape. I  camped in such a place as a child – making fire, boiling my own water and making coffee after school, sometimes while a light summer rain came down. In the right mindset, 20 minutes in a sacred space like that can change one forever…

Written on the Wall at Chang's Hermitage

It is Spring in the mountains.
I come alone seeking you.
The sound of chopping wood echoes
Between the silent peaks.
The streams are still icy.
There is snow on the trail.
At sunset I reach your grove
In the stony mountain pass.
You want nothing, although at night
You can see the aura of gold
And silver ore all around you.
You have learned to be gentle
As the mountain deer you have tamed.
The way back forgotten, hidden
Away, I become like you,
An empty boat, floating, adrift.

Tu Fu (712-770), translated by Kenneth Rexroth
from The Enlightened Heart 
this version copied from Remembering the Sacred Self

My sincere thanks to all who have encouraged me with likes, comments and follows. I hope you are happy and content.


9 thoughts on “#64: Edge of Camp

  1. I love the bigger vista in the photograph with that line of mist in the background horizon. I like that you’ve taken a corner of the photograph and embiggened it to make more of the water and reflections. Nice colour in the sky too.

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  2. The charcoal is sublime…..reflects what I would suppose, your feelings. Maybe with oils, having to work at blending and manipulating binds you up a bit? With the charcoal and watercolor you are free to immediately express what you feel? I love it when an artist paints into a painting a memory or thought of time past, even if you didn’t relate your story, I think the viewer picks up on it somehow, that there is a special connection.

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    1. Thanks Margaret. Yes, I mentioned something about this in my next post (another version of this painting). Also I gave a long reply to Aletha in my previous post that you may be interested in. I am trying to find the elements that are present when a painting just happens – I think the playfulness and “quick sketch” nature of my approach to charcoal is definitely part of the equation.

      I hope you are making some progress in your own journey to go to that more spontaneous, deeper source for your art. I hope to find some time tomorrow to see what you have been up to!

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  3. The reflections in the water on the charcoal is really nice. My eye went right to it. I do like your pieces with reflecting water. Looking foreword to more.

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