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watercolor FLORIDA watertowerThe South Lake Apopka Water Tower in Tildenville, FL. – watercolor on 300# Arches 

I have lackawaterphobia.   The fear that there will be no drinkable water in the future.    California is in a severe drought. Lake Mead’s water level continues to recede and the Colorado River is drying up.  And what about fracking and how it sets water aflame?

Shall I continue?  If you insist…

In Charleston, W. Va., a chemical used in the processing of coal leaked from a ruptured storage tank into the Elk River, contaminating the water supply for about 300,000 people. In Toledo,  the water supply for over 400,000 people was declared unsafe because of the presence of microcystin, a toxin released by algae blooms in nearby Lake Erie, the source of the city’s water.

When my dog-walking buddy Charlie still lived in NYC he was FIXATED with the levels of the reservoirs we have in upstate NY that provide water to the City. He would check the levels continuously and worry if he thought they were getting low. We got along based on our neuroses.

Sigh,   there is no place to move.   Every place is too hot, too cold, or there is no clean water to drink.   I feel like Goldilocks trying to find the state or area that’s “just right”.  If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

And now that there have been reports of bedbugs on the subways, that may actually push me over the edge into leaving my great city.

The above painting was done using a reference photo from my friend Jim.  It was taken in Florida, a state with great beaches, but not so great drinking water.  Once again I started with a grisaille, a paynes gray value painting.  I then dripped both clean and highly diluted water of paynes gray and raw sienna.  Finally I went back, added some local color, defined areas that needed it and softened some of the edges where I splashed water.

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It was so much fun to do this painting.  Yes, it’s dark and gritty.  I like that. I can hear the noise of the train going by when I look at this. I also remember that scene in the Blues Brothers movie from 1980.  The brothers are in an apartment right next to the Chicago El:

Jake: How often does the train go by?

Elwood: So often that you won’t even notice it.

Myrtle Ave. El  maybe finished“True Grit”

NYC elevated subway line, Brooklyn.  Watercolor on 300# Arches coldpress.  Size is 163/4″ x 25″

I did this City-scape in the style of Tim Saternow and Joan Iaconnetti using the “breaking all the rules of watercolor” technique.  I started with a grisaille first painting only values starting with the darkest to the lightest using W&N Paynes Gray.  Once that was done, I took a large brush with clean water and splashed that clean water in spots over the painting.  I then used a warm color, burnt sienna, and a cool color, paynes gray and splashed the painting some more.   I then left it overnight to dry.

 

After painting using only paynes gray and painting the values - splash with clean waterFinal Grisaille splashed with clean water.

The following day all the paint had dried and I was ready to work on it some more.   I softened some of the edges of the splashed paint, I reestablished some areas that were lost from the splashed paint and finally I added some “local” color including the orange in the sign, some blues and greens and yellows in the cars and some earth red for the rust in the steel.

After splashing with clean water splash with diluted paynes gray and a warm color I used burnt sienaGrisaille splashed with paynes gray and burnt sienna.

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