Thursday, June 4, 2009

How to paint a river

Monday afternoon was a steamy day along the river. Our workshop group left the air conditioning of the Water Tower after lunch and Debra informed us we were going to do a 'paint along.' She wanted us to understand the process of capturing a large scene quickly and then having the energy left to do a lot with the focal point. So we squinted and saw the varyng color of the three distant hills and put them in. Gotta have that blued color. then scrub in the tree masses and the lawn and bank - then the river and then the sky. I have not put the focal point in as we ran out of time but we did watch as she added sailboats and a family watching, a flag waving and also boats on the left bank. Really cool how she broke it down for us!

1 comment:

  1. I can see why you liked her workshops. Simplifying in not as easy as it sounds. I like this little river scene. Was it an overcast day? the sky looks a little dark and the foreground colors are not as warm. I like the way the river horizon is on the lower left.