Early evening, when the day fades away. A conversation from somewhere across the lake is the only sound – and then the loons call as night descends. I want to go back. Enjoy!
Technical painting notes: This painting was started by using a soft rubber brayer to roll on a thin reddish brown layer of oil paint. The sky area was left untouched. Selective wiping with a paper towel lightened the area where the rocky point would be, then textures were blotted out of the rock using mineral spirits and a scrap of plastic. A moist brush was used “erase” a few rhythms of branches in the trees. At this point, I allowed the panel to dry a couple of days.
Returning, I glazed green into the trees and water, then painted the sky. Next, using a few shades of gray, I brushed very thin paint onto the rocks, trying to define them with as few strokes as possible. Golden greens were used to highlight a few more branches, and some of the gray was dragged into the water to suggest reflections. The waterlilies were painted twice – the first time I used too strong a green and too pronounced an outline. I took a soft brush loaded with Liquin to drag the lilies and soften the effect. This seemed to work better. I did go back and add some yellow ochre and lighter green to suggest a band of floating duckweed. I wanted subtle details happening in the foreground, but not so pronounced as to distract from the rocky point and its trees. A harmonious effect and sense of quiet was my goal, and I kept reminding myself that less is often more..
This is quite wonderful Teri. Glad I get your blog. Leslie Miller
I love this one, especially the suggestion of duckweed in the foreground. I have been following along for a while now and this piece really speaks to me of the natural beauty of your part of the world. Thanks for sharing, Tania
Thank you! Every place has its own beauty.
Nice tip about putting down a ground with a brayer. I’ll have to try that. Thanks!
If you try rolling on the base layer with a brayer, make sure it is a “soft” rubber brayer and the oil paint is thinned with mineral spirits and a touch of linseeed or stand oil. I like to add a bit of Liquin as well. Most panels aren’t absolutely flat, so if you have lots of “skipped” spots, just use a rag to lightly wipe the the paint evenly. It takes very little paint. Have fun!
Fascinating to read the description of your process here — beautiful result, as always ~