It is always enjoyable to return to Kingston Mills to paint. Even though there are many scenes to paint here, it just seems that I am drawn to the locks. These locks are the first of a series of locks as you leave Lake Ontario at Kingston, Ontario and cruise toward Canada's capital city of Ottawa.
This painting was started with a quick pencil sketch on a Orange-red prepared panel followed by a deep purple wash ( plenty of medium) in the shadow and darker areas . I left these areas to air dry for a few minutes before continuing to redraw or define some of the lines or spots that were lost to the wash.
Using my limited palette and a few additional as usual, favourite colours, I proceeded to apply the paint, trying to match the darker values of the colours seen in the scene to my panel. These colours were applied or 'scumbled ' over the previous dark purple wash.
Local mid value colours were applied over the previous darker values and to the other subjects in the same manor . Finally, the brightest values or colours were applied in an impressionistic manor to the detailed areas as in the "fat over lean" rule.
Lastly, I adjusted some shadow areas and darkened or lightened other objects that I felt had gotten lost during the painting processes.
A fun scene to paint on a hot summer day.