Recently I have been chasing photo reference of that invasive yet stunning swamp weed known as loosestrife. First I went to a favorite location, where this blossom is predictably spectacular. I was disappointed that there were no vibrant fuchsia blooms to be had! Is this a bad year for loosestrife in New England just as it is a bad hydrangea year for many of us? How will I get my seasonal “fix”? I like to paint particular things at certain times of year.
Two weeks have lapsed since my first attempt to gather photos of peaceful waters and abundant loosestrife. I was over anxious and had sought the blossoms too early. The invasively stunning weed is alive and well in those predictable spots that present themselves …. right off Thacher Street in Attleboro, Massachusetts as you crosses the Ten Mile River. It is a spectacular show; a gift to the pastel painter with many shades of fuchsia sitting in the box of over 1000 pastels … it is a color that waits patiently for this time of year … I should take a lesson. Patience!
Above is the progression of my first loosestrife painting of the season. Some modifications were made from the original sketch and underpainting: less is more. I refined the design to a few large shapes. It is not quite ready for a signature, but I think I am close. There is another painting featuring loosestrife on the easel this morning and 2 more in the queue, life is good!