"Cataraqui Conservation" 11"x14" oil on panel
"Cataraqui" is a native word meaning " meeting place". Today, it is a conservation area that divides the city into east and west.
The painting proceedure for this painting was not unlike that of the previous painting, "The Road To Marlbank".
The particular palette for this painting is still the limited palette of Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Yellow Med. and Alizarin. As the painting developed, some other colours were added to the original palette or its' mixtures. If I remember correctly, the other colours were, Cerulean Blue, Raw S. ,Veridian and a Bright Red.
The object in this painting was to more of less isolate the colour shapes within the bigger shapes of the carbon pencil contour drawing. This I feel accounts for the "scumbly" look of the "searching" brush strokes in the suggested trees and bushes. The sky, for the most part was "attacked" the same way. In hindsight, I think this method helps contribute to the loose feel of the painting.
After this stage, I began to define or develope those areas by adding the strokes that represent the branches and some of the loose leaves that seem to float unattached. The Ends of the branches were added lastly on top of the sky colour with a downward stroke, using the side of the brush. (A No. 8, just in case you were wondering.)
I liked what was happening in the painting as I watched it grow. I think that this method worked in this case and is worth further development.