Receding Spring Water ~ 11" x 14" Oil on panel
Finally, things seem back to normal. Windows had to be reinstalled and I lost a few things. But hey,..now it is onward and upward.
In the above painting, I used a panel that was last prepared with a number five (approx.) value gray. Once I had decided on the composition of my piece and with the basic colours in my mind, I proceeded to lay it in (composition) with a runny mixture of Alizarin and Cadmium Red. (I did not cover the whole surface of the panel with the Red this time.) This left the sky and water area of the panel with a gray dry surface. The procedure then was to lay in my darks and shadow areas thinly on the wet Red. At this point, I then painted in the sky and water in order to establish a light value on the gray surface. I think the contrast in the visual at this point gave me a better idea of the middle values and how I should proceed. Now, I worked into the darker areas with lighter values to help define the impression of the objects and continued, overlapping into the lightest areas, defining to a more finished state.
Breaking the painting down into these steps, so to speak, made the method more methodical and less intuitive. I think that this was probably a good "take stock" revue exercise.
The colours for this painting were from my usual limited palette.