Joyful Spring

TM9423 Joyful Spring 42×48 oiil on panel

Spring is the anticipation of green, of sunlight, and of the wonderful sweet smell of moisture in the air. Joyful Spring combines those attributes with an oblique view across the wetland, filled with reflections and the straw color of winter’s grasses. I think it’s the juxtaposition of long-dormant with new that intrigues me. The neutral gray/tans of winter allowing the newly emerging yellow/greens to seem even brighter and more alive. Details below. Enjoy.

TM9423 Joyful Spring – detail from upper right corner with reflections, grasses, first signs of duckweed

TM9423 Joyful Spring – detail from upper right quadrant

TM9423 Joyful Spring – detail from upper left

TM9423 Joyful Spring – detail from lower left

Technical painting notes: I used several soft rubber rollers to apply paint – 1/4″, 1.5″, 2″, 4″. I also used silicone scrapers to draw into wet paint. These tools, plus my regular soft brushes, allowed me to vary the quality of the linework in the painting.