|10/28/22 Green Lake|
One of my favorite spots for leaf peeping at Green Lake is near the amphitheater and piers where the competitive crew teams launch their shells. I can’t see the whole stand of my favorite sweet gums, but I can see the most brilliant red one as well as other trees at varying stages of color.
Three weeks ago I had made a smaller composition from the same spot, complaining that I really missed red in the secondary triad palette I’ve been using. After that, I added Caran d’Ache Museum Aquarelle Crimson Aubergine (599), a dark reddish-purple, which enables me to stay within the secondary hues while getting me closer to red. I went back to the same spot last week, and the same sweet gum was now mostly dark reddish-purple and orange – bingo! Although it was mostly cloudy this time, it was also calmer, so I got some reflections on the water. In 2018 I had stood nearby but earlier in the day, so I caught more light.
No matter how many times I sketch the same scene from the same spot, it’s never the same. Never.