Bash Bish Falls, Valentine’s Day

A great name, with a strange back story (see here), Bash Bish Falls is spectacular.

We had heard about it but had never been. It seemed like the perfect outing for February 14th. The only downside was the temperature: a frigid 19 degrees F (-7 C) – grim! However, that also was probably why we had the place completely to ourselves.

I managed to do two pictures. The watercolor washes literally froze on the paper and so I was unable to use wax crayons on top as I had planned. I did employ “wax resist” after I had done the initial black chalk sketch, in order to reserve certain areas. “ Wax resist” is a posh way of saying I rubbed bits of the paper with a chunk of wax candle!

Bash Bish Falls, Valentine’s Day, 2020
Bash Bish Falls, Valentine’s Day, 2020
Bash Bish Falls, Valentine’s Day, 2020
Bash Bish Falls, Valentine’s Day, 2020

By the time I was finishing the second painting I was painfully aware that I really needed to be somewhere warm! My behind was numb, my fingers hurt and the inside of my nostrils had started to sting. Isn’t Valentine’s Day meant to include hot tubs?!

While I was busy but stationary, Mark sensibly remained on the move and took some beautiful photographs.

Bash Bish Falls, MA, February 14th, 2020
Bash Bish Falls, MA, February 14th, 2020
Bash Bish Falls, MA, February 14th, 2020
Bash Bish Falls, MA, February 14th, 2020

PHOTOS – Mark Powell

 

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