Tony McDonald Studio

Yellow Falls and the Caribbean

A trip to the island of Grenada provided an experience that has filtered its way into a series of watercolors and paintings. Standing on a rope bridge on the side of a volcano we heard and witnessed a thunderstorm high on the mountain in the canopy of the rain forest

 

It took about 20 minutes or so, but the water runnoff from the torrential rains finally made their way to where we were. A giant cascade of water, nearly cadmium yellow from washing the nutmeg pollen and fruit from the side of the mountain, came shooting out of a split in the rocks, creating an immense yellow waterfall where before there were just stone walls

 

The event was a surprise, but no more than the surprise of seeing a pure yellow waterfall, framed in by giant bougainvillea of purple, pink and blue. From this I have worked on transferring that image, and feeling, to paint, along with other works from the waters, sights and smells of the carribiean.

"The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web."

                                                                           Pablo Picasso

Nutmeg Falls, Grenada 22x30 watercolor Waterfall study 22 Yellow Waterfall Study No 23 4in x 6in Yellow Falls III Waterfall Study 30