Muddy Hole Road is one of my favorite plein air painting spots when I visit Whitehaven, MD. Surprisingly, the bugs weren’t too bad, even without bug spray. The heat and humidity made up for the lack of annoying insects. Having forgotten my glasses, I hoped my blurred vision would help me to find a reasonable motif (arrangement of basic compositional shapes) in the sun-speckled, puddle-ridden, overgrown road through the swamp.
After several attempts at designing large puzzle piece motifs, I opted for the poetic approach instead. Rather than capturing the appearance of the deserted road, I focused on expressing the feel of the area, the smells, the sounds, the movement of the reeds and leaves, the creatures that plunged into the puddles and the rustle of small creatures among the trees.
I will try again to find motif in the swamp…. another day, another opportunity. The ultimate goal is to have both strong motif and poetry in the painting.
En plein air watercolor sketchbook paintings.