|Early Morning on the Ottawa River, 2011|
10x16 inches, pastel on Wallis paper
The brown border you see is the actual colour of the Wallis paper. I prefer this colour, called Belgium Mist (what does the brown say about the mists in Belgium, I wonder?). Even in the beginning stages, when I'm just laying down broad washes of colour, everything looks so much more vibrant than if it were against a white background.
As the sun rose higher in the sky the mists burned off, and the river was just a river again. But for a few minutes, it was magical. I hope I brought that magic to the painting.