This is the reference for my next picture… I mean my latest picture, because I’ve already started it.
After painting an old Jerusalem alleyway in my last picture I wanted to do something a bit looser and freer. I was tossing up between pictures I took in the summer when we were in Ramat HaGolan and in the end it was between this image taken at the Darbashieh (one of the springs on the Gonen-Gadot road) or one taken at Tel Dan of a quiet and peaceful stretch of crystal clear water in the section there called Gan Eden. In the end I went for the running water.
This is where I stand right now.
Doesn’t look much, does it? The idea is to paint in the stones under the water and then paint the water over. I am trying to work fast and cover the whole picture all the time.
The base color is burnt umber (dark brown) as this is the color you would see if there was no water. The rocks are basalt which is black but when they are wet and all the more so through the water, they are a variety of colors tending from ochre and even sienna (red-brown) on the one hand through to phthalo blue (blue green) on the other. I suppose it depends whether they have iron or copper in them.