|A Gathering of Gulls on Oregon's Coast|
Ideas have a way of growing legs though, and now as I wish I had produced this while in Oregon, or at least collected sea water while there, I need to take the idea and try it out locally to see how feasible it might be.
Imagine if when producing the plein aire sketches, paintings and illustrations created in the west highlands and islands, I use a bit of water from local sources in the depiction of places and subject matter, and did so with focused intention and identify it as such. Examples would be Liathach painted with water from the burn that tumbles down that mountain's side or from Loch Torridon if painted from a distance; Eilean Donan castle at dusk, sketched and painted with water from Loch Duich; other locations from the rivers Ness and Clyde, or depending on the scene and the location, a bit of collected rain water.
The idea has me stewing on all sorts of possibilities.
First things first though, I need to experiment with this locally here in the Pacific Northwest, just to determine if this is something I could do. How will sea water affect a watercolor painting? I'm eager to find out. Roll on Spring, there is a list of things I'd love to try!