Leonardo da Vinci

Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.

--Leonardo da Vinci

Friday, October 21, 2011

Fall Tune-up

Fall Morning at LaCamas
Last Saturday morning, Vicki and i decided to get an early start and spend the first half of the day at LaCamas Lake. She would read Kevin's (my middle step-son) newly revised manuscript and i would paint.
Quickly i found this subject near the boat launch and since the water was quite low, i was able to get onto the lake bed a bit and start in. The morning was socked in with fog and made for some lovely grays. And i tried to work quick before the area lightened up, which it did.
I was amazed at how tame the ducks were, there was a group of them just in front of me eating all of what the swampy area had to offer. I don't think i've ever experienced hearing a group of ducks eat, it sounded like they were all smacking their gums (bills) sifting through the mucky water. It was really funny and is probably the most memorable thing of the day for me. Other than getting cold, and enjoying it.
I have been to LaCamas Lake a number of times, but usually for not much longer than a pit stop on a bike ride. This time was different, i gave myself the chance to slow down and take in surrounding beauty which happened to be amazing. For the 4-5 hours we were there, i completed two paintings and visualized other compositions i would like to paint.
So if you are looking for inspiration or just a great place to enjoy nature that's not far out, visit LaCamas Lake. I promise you won't regret it.


  1. nice painting....with beautiful neutrals and some judicious greens!.... LaCamas lake...I'll have to go there and paint...looks like a perfect place

  2. Lovely painting. It really captures the autumn chill of the Northwest.

  3. I like your style! very well done!