Spring Flood 10" x 12" Oil/Panel
Well, here we go, back to the limited palette. For this painting I decided to go with Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Lemon Yellow and Titanium White as my palette. This palette should brighten things up for spring.
As you can see, the panel was prepared with a final coat of Alizarin and Cadmium Yellow Medium combination preceded by two coats of gesso. Finally, I wiped the panel with a paper towel to even out the colour coating and to help expose the texture of the gesso.
After roughing in the composition with the darker combination of Ultramarine Blue and Alizarin, I painted in the lighter background colours. For example, the lighter background trees and their lighter tops. These lighter colours helped to make the middle ground dark trees to 'stand out' and at the same time 'push' the lighter colours behind them further into the background. This was planned in the layout or composition at the beginning. The right side of the painting has a larger and darker mass of trees that was worked in with the darkest colours, and enhanced with the lighter greens of the odd branches. This larger mass of darker (impression) foreground trees, along with the bright greens in the lower front of the painting helps to establish a solid foreground. The impression of the water was then added.
Hey, great black fly weather, eh ?