A cousin to the painting Arboreal Reflections #1, Arboreal Reflections #2 is based on the same photographs but interpreted differently. Exploring variations on a theme is part of the fun of working with “planned accidents” in the base layer of the painting. Each painting feels like a slightly different moment during the day. Arboreal Reflections #2 has more color and slightly more development of light filtering through the trees and onto the water. Both paintings look at the way we perceive woodland reflections in a shallow pond. Close-up details from the second painting are below. Enjoy!
Technical painting notes: Both versions of Arboreal Reflections started with monoprint techniques of rolling on the paint, quickly followed by manipulating the wet paint with plastic wrap, paper towels, drips, and blotted splashes. Because these techniques allow the artist some control, the feel of each painting is similar. The differences are partly a result of uncontrollable chance accidents and also the way one decision leads to another (and another) until changes are inevitable. Below is Arboreal Reflections #1.