VALERIE CLAFF: NEW WATERCOLORS Trees and Pond

The Trees & Pond series explores the light and atmosphere of wild, open spaces at different times of day and weather. It began with a swampy area I pass regularly, and my fascination with the light, reflections in water and the patterns of dead tree branches against sky. Reflections are created by the bleeding of wet color onto a wet field, and, when dry, the more specific trees are painted on top. The new work relates to older bodies of work exploring ridge tops and weather patterns and a desire to celebrate the quiet that these places evoke in me. For me, the act of painting is ritual and prayer and an invocation to the spirit of the wild places to mend the broken threads of our belonging.