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Welcome to daily nature photo and creative writing blog, #NewThisDay

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Writing from My Photo Stream ~ Kelly DuMar


#NewThisDay Writing From My Photo Stream

What I realize about this photo of my brook this morning is that it looks like a pointillist painting. On a gloomy November morning, under the low light of a gray sky, I find very little to photograph. Nothing is fresh, nothing is growing in this season of woods. 

The Woods at Marly, Camille Pissaro

The Woods at Marly, Camille Pissaro

I am looking for inspiration. I look up pointillism and scan the work of Camille Pissaro. This process of discovery, looking to fine art, returns me with renewed interest and enthusiasm to my photo of the brook. What is my picture of the brook about, and why does it please me?

What I see now is how my image captures the life and death - the abundant showers - the presence, the cyclical splendor of leaves. The leaves are the landscape, the leaves are the story. They are green, they are gold, they are gone. The thin black limbs of the trees, the forked branch - like arms reaching up to the sky in praise or thanks - that centers the frame, stand in the background. They will be the startling outcome of the story, as the leaves fall completely to be recycled in the stillness of the wintering brook. 

The Woods at Marly gives us a hint of the autumn to come. The road through the trees is covered with golden leaves, yet some of the trees are still green. Streaming through the branches, the sun makes a bright patch on the ground. The limbs of the trees meet overhead forming a succession of arches like the aisle of a Gothic cathedral.
— https://artbookannex.com/tag/camille-pissarro/page/2/

All photos and text copyright Kelly DuMar 2016 unless otherwise attributed.