I was recently granted membership to Oil Painters of America (OPA) association and I am hoping to work on a much larger painting with oil in the next few months for submission. I thought I would do a few smaller studies that will be incorporated into a larger painting. For this painting, I toned the panel with a mixture of burnt sienna and white. I decided to let some of that toned canvas come through in certain parts of the painting to give it a warming effect, a tip I received from an experienced plein air painter. My go to brushes have become a size 8 and size 10 bright brush, the Blicks Studio brand. I think I will be purchasing some Grumbacher Brislette brushes next. I do most of my work with these brushes, then I add details with a variety of other brushes.
My family and I came across this pond while taking a drive through the country. It is located about an hour out of Savannah, GA in the Statesboro area. I found these three small boats sitting there and it seemed so inviting. The Georgia red clay can be seen through the shallow water. For this painting, I used a mixture of burnt sienna and cadmium red light to tone the water and sketch out the landscape. I did not tone the sky to make the distant part of the landscape seem brighter, but I usually prefer to tone the whole canvas first. I also wanted to give the trees some interesting textures in order to contrast the smoothness of the water. My favorite thing to paint is water and there are so many ways to paint it!
Amidst a Pond: 12″ x 16″ Panel
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This painting is actually based off a road in France, but the scenery is very similar to that of the country roads in Georgia. I ended up changing the colors a bit to fit a setting in Savannah, GA. And, of course, I could not resist adding more color to the road and surrounding vegetation.
I decided to go back to acrylics for my next few paintings in order to observe how much my style and technique has changed. I am so glad I switched back for a while because I really enjoy the ease and quickness of using acrylics. My brushes are a breeze to clean and there is little time to wait until the painting is dry. It is certainly not as luminous as an oil painting, but it certainly is brighter. I am also a big fan of implementing texture into my paintings. Oil tends to blend and muddy very quickly. I was told that making acrylic appear like oil is a challenge, and I am certainly up for that challenge! I think I may settle for acrylic until I tire of it again.
I wanted to paint something colorful and dream-like. I love the idea of challenging perceptions of realism in art and I am beginning to believe that what we see is always questionable. However, I do believe it is false to rely solely on intuition for guidance–being able to utilize one’s intuition while under control leads to perfect harmony. I painted many landscapes in various styles–impressionism, realism, and abstract–and I feel that each one is different. This is perhaps because I allow the painting to speak rather than impose myself on the painting.