Waterways and attitudes

Reflections on the Binnekill, 3, watercolor, 10×14 in., originally uploaded by ahtravis.

As I wander through cities and towns in Italy I am struck by the community esthetic and sensibility that protects the small waterways that run through their communities. These waterways may not always be free running, there are the occasional dams, but by and large they are clear, natural appearing and accessible to the strolling public.

On the other hand, my nearest market town also has a stream running through it but in recent years it has become embroiled in a dispute that has kept the kill, or stream, dry except when it fills with rain. That means most of the summer it needs to be mowed and the trash is exposed. Very sad and I think, makes an embarrassing statement about that community’s esthetic and sensibilities.

However, after several days of hard rain that little stream, the Binnekill, was full and beautifully reflecting the century old, wooden, overhanging buildings . I painted from both sides of the bridge crossing the water, one side in strong sun and this in deep shadows.

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2 Responses to Waterways and attitudes

  1. lesliepaints says:

    I’m really drawn to this. I don’t think it’s the reflection, though. It has to do with the colors and imaging just where I’d be if I was there. I like what I see on this page am going to surf some more.

  2. Rachel says:

    lovely.
    poor little river.

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