Urban Naturalist (Watercolors #4)

Above: The Bridge , March 20, 2019

Spider web suspended in airA certain utilitarian “brute modern” bridge is a familiar landmark in my daily walks, and it figures in many of my meditations on nature in suburbia:

The graffiti under the bridge comes and goes. Eventually the road crews cover it over and then the graffiti is painted anew. The layers of paint create their own designs. “Drew” has been under the bridge all this past winter (2018-2019). Probably not to the young person who painted the name, but to me, “drew” seemed a pun on the act.

Yesterday, looking at “drew” for the umpteenth time, in a moment of inspiration, I saw a painting of my own in my mind! Could I realize it?  I decided to try.  And then, well, I was like a naturalist on the hunt for an exotic butterfly–alert, on edge, camera poised, waiting for my prey to appear, the perfect car to complement the graffiti.














Needless to say, this is the first time I have painted graffiti.  Believe it or not, it’s the first time I’ve ever painted a car either!

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