My Continuing Love Affair with Water


"Winter Wildflowers"  23x31

"Winter Wildflowers" 23x31

Artists have been drawn to images of water, with its aesthetic and evocative qualities since the early cave man drawings.  There is a soothing quality to water…and evidenced based studies have shown that images of water create a calming, restful environment in healthcare settings.     


I was drawn to this composition  because of the strong blue  sky  reflection in this closed in waterway near my home in Eureka.   The winter brush and spent wildflowers had an amazing depth of color to play with.   This is one of the paintings that will be featured in my upcoming show at Art Brokers in Sausalito.   I will post additional images from the show in upcoming days.

I’ve wondered why I rarely paint seascapes since I’ve lived on the Pacific coast for the past 7 years.   I think I should make that be one of my challenges…


  1. One lesson that I take away from this pastel, and your other pastels, is that they have a deceptive simplicity. It’s easy to overlook that the shadows in the water balance the far mountain range, the foreground grasses are repeated in the shape of the flowery bush and the middle mountain range on the left, and the high-flying flowers in front are echoed by the plant in the background. I could go on… I enjoy looking at them. Thanks.

  2. victoriaryan

    Thank you for the thoughtful comment Bob. It is always interesting to get feedback about these formal elements that seem to come to us inately. I really appreciate it.

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