Monday, 1 July 2013
SHIPOKE DRAMA by Cecelia Lyden
So there we were, several of us scoping out the beautiful Shipoke area of Harrisburg, on a sunny afternoon. Shipoke is situated right on the Susquehanna River, which is both a blessing and a curse for its inhabitants--ever-changing, inspiring river views on most days, but heavy rains often bring flooding to this low-lying area.
I decided to paint one of the charming homes. I spied this yellow bench and bright green plant. Wow! Talk about center of interest. The sunshine was focused right on the windows, bench and plant. With everything around it in deep shade, it looked like the dramatic lighting of a center stage setting. I worked on this scene for three hours outdoors, but needed more time in studio to finish it. This was too complicated a subject for me to complete in a couple of hours outdoors-I'm still not happy with my "clumsy" handling of the brush. I'll know better next time to keep things simple.