In the Flow
Painting scenes like this is one of my favorite things to do. I really enjoy the challenge of capturing the moving water and the reflections, so when I found this view at a local park, I knew this is what I'd be painting for the next few hours. I hiked down to the edge of the water to find a good angle to paint from. With all the rain we had over the last week and the cool morning causing a lot of dew on the grass, the river bank was very slick and muddy. Every time I took a step, I slid towards the water. To keep my easel from going into the water, I had to push the legs into the mud. Luckily, I also found a small board to stand on while painting so I didn't slip into the river.
I must confess though, I've never tried to paint a scene like this from life until now. While painting these types of scenes from a photo makes seeing the movement of the water easier, the photo tends to hide a lot of the details I was able to observe while painting from life. Things like the rocks under the surface of the water and many of the subtle color reflections in the water just get lost in photographs. This is something I'll have to keep in mind the next time I work from photographs.
In the Flow ©
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Size: 6x8 inches on canvas panel.
Medium: Original Oil Painting
Signed on front. Signed and dated on back.landscape | oil painting | plein air | water