It was a hot day so to go down into the shade of the river trees was welcome. Since I got there around 6 PM I knew I had only about an hour and a half or maybe two hours before the light got so dark that I wouldn't be able to paint effectively. I could spend an hour just deciding on what to paint so I made a quick choice and basically painted the first interesting scene I saw, the turn in the river where dead trees and branches piled up.
I sketched it quickly and broadly in charcoal and began to scrumble the first layers of paint. I started with the blue sky area; I added more sky than was actually visible since I thought it would have made the picture more interesting. Then I put down the first thin layers of greens with a wide brush. I used the same wide brush to put down the tans and browns of the rocks and the muddy dark of the water. After a bit, I decided to go against my normal inclination and began to mix black into the darker areas. I kept on adding layers and details to the picture and began to move through my inventory of brushes to smaller and smaller until I was using a liner brush for the finer details. My last step was to work with a lot of white to the colors and in some places to use only white for accent.
It was getting dark and I was beginning to feel that I was just reworking some details over and over so I knew it was time to call it done. The other artist were packing up and beginning to go too. It was a wonderful time painting and I feel pretty good about the picture.
|River By Sykesville, Painting on location, Plien aire by Adron|
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