Artistic Elements – Parts 4 & 5
The Magic of Water & Making the Absolute Most of Light By Robert Hagan
Water is the ultimate foil for the artist. It can be anything you want it to be. It can be violent or passive, gloomy or gleeful, supportive or abnoxious—it can be whatever you want it to be. And that’s its magic.
Lately I’ve been getting my head deeper in the water to find out how good an element it can be as an active driving element in addition to being a supportive secondary vehicle. The exercise here will be about how to use water running over rapids and rock shelves to be the “painting within the painting.” I want this to be the second most important element in the narrative. So off I went to crawl around the Frying Pan stream that sits up valley behind the magical little township of Basalt in the Aspen valley.