A Closer Look

Revisiting Cattail, 20″x20″ oil on birch cradle

You may notice my site has a new look! In celebration of renewal, I have decided to look at some of my work and talk a little about where the idea came from. I’m going to start with my most recent oil work, Remembering Cattail, which itself is a reboot of a painting I did in High School when I was 17.

The original was a watercolor of an old mill in Johnston County called Cattail. The dam broke in the early 2000’s and has not recovered. I worked from a photograph I took when I was in my early teens in the 1980’s. It was a realistic representative work with fun blue shadows layered on the black – It was, afterall, my first REAL watercolor work. In my current oil work, I wanted to update the idea to where I am now, so I found the original photo and researched the site now. After going over the history of the changes at the site and my own relocation to New England, I decided to make this my whimsical interpretation of the now in my head Cattail. I played up the architecture and water to more than is real and kept the old color scheme and added emphasis to things and shapes I wanted. It really is an inspired by, but not real piece. I hope this give you insight into where this piece came from :-). Until next time! Stay Safe and Well! Lee

One thought on “A Closer Look

  1. This looks fantastic, Lee! I remember when you were working on this, and it’s nice to see the final product. It was nice to learn the history of your source as well. Keep up the amazing work!


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