Poolburn Dam

Yesterday afternoon, I spent some time up at the Poolburn Dam. I've been there a couple of times now, and each time come away with the impression this place is almost too powerful to paint. It is a place of strong line, limited palette, and in-your-face drama. The colours are what I've increasingly come to associate with Central Otago with lots of play on browns, ochres, blues.

Here's a snap shot of the lake. I'll sit on it for a while - perhaps visit the site again - but I can already imagine it sitting on the easel. There are some quite specific challenges to it: keep it clean, guard the light, reduce the colours to a very small selection, and don't don't don't overwork it. I've been guilty of that in the past and it just won't do if I really want to capture the heart of this magnificent country. 

Hope you enjoy the photo.

 "Poolburn sunset"  -  late afternoon above the poolburn reservoir, central otago, new zealand

"Poolburn sunset"  -  late afternoon above the poolburn reservoir, central otago, new zealand

Thank you, Lord, for a cracker day.

God bless.
R.