I felt ready to move on to make a more involved larger painting.” — Philip Koch
"The initial goal of this piece was to explore the reflections on and refractions within the shallow, calm waters of Cape Cod Bay on a sunlit day. While I’ve done water many times before, this is the first time I have explored so deeply the transitions as one’s viewpoint shifts. At the top, with the viewer looking outward about 15’ (and the water depth about 4’ ), the focus is mostly on reflections of the blue sky in the light chop, with only the barest glimpses of sunlit patterns on the bottom. Progressing down, it gradually changes from primarily sky reflections to more and more looking down into the intricacies of sunlight refracting on the sandy bottom, which is lightly ridged with the passing of each wave. At the very bottom I hope to have the viewer looking through a mere foot of water directly at the sand with almost no reflection of the sky.
“Being a new exploration for me, I’ve been amazed at how the colors change so thoroughly with each inch. (I change almost half the colors from one inch to the next.) My process has been to render roughly an inch at a time, all the way across. When I’ve completed the inch, I choose the new colors for the next horizontal inch, work a few of the new ones into the just-completed inch, and then paint the next inch.
"This piece has been far more challenging than I expected. I didn’t see all the subtleties of the transition initially, and it has gotten more difficult with each inch I get from the top (which was much the same as many of my distant water pieces and so quite comfortable for me). I am fairly confident the final piece will have at least 7” of height (to 12” of width). If I am diligent, observant, and fortunate enough, it will be a full 12” in height when it is completed.” —Amy Sanders