These days, everything seems to be wireless. I was just talking to Mom earlier this evening and my brother set her up with a wireless connection to her iPhone that allows her to hear everything clearly. It was a pleasure talking to her; she could hear everything I said.
As an observant fellow, I notice that not everything is wireless in today’s world.
I made a pencil sketch for the watercolor below, at my wife’s cousin’s house, where we stayed for about a week. At that time we were estranged from the other family members with whom we had lived with for the past six years. At the time, I just liked the composition: technology juxtaposed with nature. As I think about it more however, this watercolor is a metaphor for personal connection and its occasional disappearance. Granted, communication without wires has certainly increased the back-and-forth interaction among people and connections are still maintained through this invisible medium. But, having reconciled with our estranged relatives and just having returned from a face-to-face visit with our children and grandchildren, I have to say that physical connections, are good things. I wish we had more time and opportunity for that.
I began this painting by applying Shadow Green (Holbein) to a wet field on the lower left. I added other greens such as chrome green, my trusty Hooker’s green, some phthalo green and Permanent Green #2 (Holbein), a yellow green color. My intention was to make a cloudy, billowy representation of the trees into which the wires disappear. I used an unlabeled blue from my palette (probably Peacock blue) for the sky at first, then glazed it with Prussian blue. Prussian blue can be very vivid or, when diluted, can serve as a good glaze. In this case, I probably didn’t dilute it as much as I should have.
I tried to leave as much of the telephone pole as unpainted as possible by being careful in applying the blue for the sky. I used yellow ochre, burnt umber and warm sepia for the colors of the pole. for the orange capacitor, I used Cadmium Orange Pure (Utrecht), shading it with warm sepia on the outer edges. Instead of using pen and ink (which I did use to outline my sketch), I painted the wires with ivory black.