The days are hot and long in the Delta during the summer months and this one is no exception. The air is so thick with humidity it is hard to breathe and we have a tropical storm named Bonnie swirling in the Gulf, but luckily she is a lady and will not be much trouble other than the intrepid humidity and heat. Life in the studio marches on, every day the anticipation of fall hangs heavy. Fall is my favorite time of year and I endure the summer just to get to the clear crisp days of Autumn, the regent of carnivals, county fairs, and my favorite holidays. The river is still and almost motionless on the surface, probably trying to keep the heat at bay by not moving very much. The underworld of life aquatic is teeming as if there is no heat, but only the everyday life as usual for them. My son, Thomas Hegman (www.flickr.com/coolhand3011) was home one weekend and we took him on the river for a brief ride and he as always took some amazing shots(shown above). He somehow can take pictures of what I feel about a time and place and forever lock them onto photographic paper as a moment of treasured time to be shared. He is a window into our world with the ability to capture and hold it for a time.
Detail of Medusa Complexities:Seekers
watercolor on paper
The parched rain deprived land was given a nice cool drink of liquidity last night. I stood for moments looking at my cat through the glass door, neither of us moved our gazes locked on in shock, it has been so long since we have seen rain neither I nor the cat could move. He finally got soaked and ran under the house to wait it out, I stood at the door for what seemed like an eternity silently praying a prayer of thanks. It was one of the moments that will most likely flash back in my last moments on earth , there was that much emotion radiating from our eyes to each other. The cat and I are connected on many levels, but today it was on a level of understanding the need for moisture and the wonder of nature. We are connected to animals in ways sometimes that seem eerily familiar.
The studio is my refuge, I literally spend hours some days in there with no more sound than a brush grazing a canvas. I listen to music on some days but often I find the rooms in my head need the silence to seem alive. The thoughts that happen in that room are mine and mine alone until I carefully or frantically place them on the canvas. I have been in the oil painting mood lately but I thought I might just shake it up a bit and paint a watercolor. I have so enjoyed the time involved in oil painting and the waiting and thinking that truly predominates the use of that medium that I thought I would use the same process for a watercolor painting. In short I would not paint it in one day, I made myself go through stages and really stop and think about my next stage etc. I think this is good to slow the pace down and really relish the moments, in the end I feel I have truly given my all for the piece. The painting is one in the same series as the last post, the Medusa Complexities Series, and in this one I employed two figures with head coverings and you guessed it a cat.
watercolor on paper
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