watercolor on paper, 2013
7" x 10" (17.78cm x 25.4cm)
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This is from my Urban River Series which includes The Santa Ana River in Orange County California.
As in others from this series the concrete banks are visible at the upper left of this composition.
Here is a view of the concrete bank and Willow Street bridge, built in 1946.
I love the smooth forms of the banks and the way they intersect with the gentle arches of the bridge
This is the urban river, part nature, part man. In each of these I have divided up the composition to varying degrees, favoring either the natural or man made as I search for different ways to present what I am seeing, to have something to say.
That guides me in the artistic decisions and determines how I paint it.
In this one I liked the idea of a busy composition juxtaposed against a calm cool spring day. The lively hustle and bustle of the city without really showing any of it.243