Halfway through spring and the colors are getting brighter. This slope above the Upper Falls in Newton, Massachusetts is alive with new growth. I’m always surprised by the way spring almost echoes fall with its proliferation of yellows. Enjoy!
Technical painting notes – The painting started with a roll of mostly bunt sienna and umber, which was blotted to reveal lighter shapes, such as the stones. A spattering of solvent was blotted, creating textures throughout most of the surface. These textures, when glazed and painted over with semi-transparent paints, help to give the feel of leaves and stones. Some of the tree trunks were scraped away with a silicone clay-shaping tool (detail below).