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