With so little snow this winter, and temperatures that feel more like March, I can’t help feeling as though spring is around the corner. Wetland Woods – Early Spring is actually more about mud season, when the ground softens up, and the air feels softer too. There’s still plenty of that white/tan old growth around, but occasionally you can glimpse a blush of yellow green or reddish pink. That, plus the open blue waters, give one’s spirit an excuse to soar. Enjoy. Details below.
Technical painting notes: I started this painting with a roll-up of blackish green and umbers mixed with violet, manipulating the wet paint with paper towels and scrapers, and spritzing the surface with solvents then blotting and re-rolling to achieve textures and blurred edges. When dry, I glazed colors over the entire surface, then began to paint in the reflected sky and brush, sometimes using a brush, sometimes a soft rubber roller. A few days of alternating brush and roller work with mainly semi-transparent colors brought the impression into focus. I wanted the painting to have strong abstract underpinnings while still bringing forth the feel of early spring wetlands (with a few crisp details). Maybe I’m becoming an abstract impressionist?
I love this Teri!
Thank you Terri, it’s lovely and I appreciate the time you take to explain your process. I have bought a roller and look forward to experimenting with it.
I am also on Instagram, but I couldn’t note that below.
I mix a little Liquin Impasto medium from Winsor Newton into the paint I roll – it keeps the consistency good, and helps the layers dry. Feel free to play with over-rolling wet paint, or loading only part of the roller with paint, so you get interesting skips. Just have fun with it!