I thought that I would try another painting using reference material. As it turned out , the only reference I had was a plein air painting that I had painted in the fall of 2005 in the small town of Whitney, Ontario . As bad luck would have it, no photographs.
Whitney is at the southern entrance to Algonquin Park. As I mentioned in a previous post, Algonquin Park was one area painted by Canada's famous Group of Seven painters and Tom Thomson.
This plein air is 10"x 12" and is the reference for the above painting. I think that it turned out quite close to the original. I do not know if that is a good thing or a bad thing. That small painting must have had a very strong influence on me.
I prepared my canvas as I would normally do with the gesso coatings. The thing that I did different in the next stage was to add different colours to the canvas as apposed to just one overall colour.
Looking at the small painting, I tried to imagine the outcome of the final painting on the blank canvas. In doing so, I applied complimentary colours to the canvas in varying values. (what a mess!) I used medium to make the colours "soupy" or "runny". I left this stage dry before actually starting the final painting, and in this case, was done "alla prima". (in one go) I felt that the base colours would give the final colours some punch.
The palette for this particular painting was my typical "limited palette" plus some additions as I felt necessary.
(for a larger image of painting-left "click" on the original painting)