I used the long weekend for another study in the woods. I was tempted to do a study on water already for some time. I like to see the reflections in the water of those muddy holes with yellow bellied toads. Anyway there is this remote pond nearby with a little island in the middle. temperatures were low enough to keep the flies away, they were busy cruising over the water, but did not notice me. Probably much to the pleasure of the hundred+ frogs that were giving a concert. I was thinking about Hermann Hesse who loved this place. He has mentioned this pond in a short novel named “Erwin”.
While I got ready or better to say while I was making the plan how to do the sketch, out of a sudden a rare >Kingfisher bird flew by, easily to recognize by the wonderful blue head and back feathers. I was wondering where they could breed as there are no suitable and steep enough clay banks around.
I did not take many documenting shots this time. Drawing or painting water is in principle not much more than representing the reflections. Mostly the colours of the reflected scenery are subdued depending how clear the water is. Some rain drops fell and made some nice circled ripples. Below the sketch at half finished state.
Meantime I found this great website named pond reflections by painter Kevin McPherson, who observed the same pond over seasons and years from the same perspective.