8x8 inches, acrylic on canvas board
I finally finished this little painting this afternoon, well into autumn, despite the summery theme. I follow other blogs sporadically, mostly other art-related blogs, but also one called Old Picture of the Day. A black and white photo of a child holding a pail and shovel came up last summer and I was charmed by the posture of the figure, and curious too. Is the figure a boy or a girl? What has captured his or her attention out there in the water? What are the plans for that pail and bucket?
Anyway, I had the drawing done back in August, and it sat and sat, until I decided I had to either paint it or gesso over the drawing and do something else. My initial intention was to gild the background, as I had done with a couple other paintings the same size and shape. But then, as I played with the colored I imagined for the water, I gradually got to like it the way it was. So I have decided this will just sit on my shelf as it is, reminding me that summer will come again.