Shoot it, Sketch it: Moeraki (two) WIP

Moeraki boulders #2, Koekohe Beach, 2013

Moeraki boulders #2, Koekohe Beach, 2013

I’ve been working on Moeraki boulders (two) over the last week and thought it would make a good WIP slideshow. The photographs (below) show inspiration, evaluation, exuberance, regret, pity and perseverance. I’ll post the last stage, abandonment, next week.

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A truth

Villa 10, detail – ink and watercolour, sketchbook, 2009

Villa 10, detail – ink and watercolour, sketchbook, 2009

“Here is a truth: often a painting is done just so the artist can get to do a small favorite thing, or idea.  Entire paintings are done just to get to put highlights on a glass, or shadows on a lemon or sunbursts in the distance.  Whole landscapes are painted just to show a small flower in the foreground, or a water drop about to fall from a rose petal.  A moment of inspiration to render an idea, so simple a truth that it cannot be rendered simply, but surrounded by complexity of seeing our world, lest the idea be lost. When done, often the original intention of the painting goes unperceived to the casual viewer, but it is there.” Eight Decades blogging on StoryDoors

Shoot it, Sketch it revisited: Moeraki (one)

Moeraki boulders (one) – acrylic on canvas, 305 x 405 mm, 2014

Moeraki boulders (one) – acrylic on canvas, 305 x 405 mm, 2014

Moeraki boulders #1, Koekohe Beach, 2013

Moeraki boulders #1, Koekohe Beach, 2013

If this looks familiar, it may be because it’s an acrylic version of a watercolour study I posted last month. Some Moeraki boulders weigh several tonnes and the largest are three metres in diameter but what impresses me the most about these amazing mudstone concretions is knowing that they are the result of erosion. I would find it much easier to believe that they fell from the sky!

P.S. I’m now working on Moeraki (two), looking in the opposite direction (towards the cliffs).