Monday, April 15, 2013

Trees - 3 or 4?

I think this is my fourth attempt at painting this scene - I might not have shared all of them with you. I think my trees are quite convincing, but again, my water is a disaster. In this case, I applied oil pastel (golden and white) as a resist, to represent the reflections, but it still didn't look right. I think oil pastel or wax resist for water effects is excellent when you want to impart movement, like a river or a waterfall, but after this disastrous experiment, I've come to the conclusion that it's no good for a lake or a calm sea!

I also applied white oil pastel all over the sky, before painting a very pale golden peach watercolour wash, and that looked good (Well, I think so, at least). Go figure!

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