I ‘m working on a few paintings this month. Here are a few photos if the progress of one of them. The composition is based on a photo I took this summer in Chapel Style, Cumbria. 

 

First Stage 

First Stage 

A light wash of burnt umber takes away the whiteness of the panel. Then I blocked in the lightest areas (the sky and its reflection in the river) and the darkest area (under the bridge). I’ll judge all the other tones in relation to these two. 

Second Stage 

Second Stage 

I concentrate on the background first, concentrating on capturing the translucent pale green colours in the back-lit trees and the pale blue misty mountains behind. 

Third Stage 

Third Stage 

Then the bridge and foreground go in. The foreground is kept simple. I don’t want it to dominate. 

Fourth Stage

Fourth Stage

Here’s the latest stage. I’ve really  emphasised the green in the trees. In the next stage I’ll overprint the majority of these bright areas with the darker green of the leaves in shadow. 

Loughrigg Tarn Painting by Lake District artist David Pott

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