Sunday, November 08, 2009

Tonalist Marsh Landscape Painting, Autumn Glory, Jan Blencowe

copyright 2009, Jan Blencowe, Connecticut, USA
Tonalist Marsh Landscape, Autumn Glory, 24x30, acrylic on linen
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Last week I posted several progress photos as I worked my way through this painting. About mid-week I hit a rough patch with the water, I just could not get it they way I wanted it.

Here's how I worked through it. I painted over everything with a single flat color in the correct value. Then I did some research.

I spent a couple of hours look at paintings by artists I admire that I know do a lot of scenes with water in them. I studied the paintings and looked for clues to how they created their water effects. I also looked for things each water painting had in common, though the basic style of each artist was different many things were the same in each painting. The placement of differing values of the water color was of particular interest to me. Deeper values appear at the bottom of the small wave or ripple, and the shape of the lighter value on the crest of the ripple can make a difference in effect, triangular tops on the ripples or waves creates more movement, and a choppy feel while a more rounded shape creates a more placid feel. I also took note of the patterns of ripples in the water which can be used as a compositional device to move a viewers eye through the painting.

After a while I knew I was ready to get back to the canvas and re-do the water. After doing the research the water came along easily and I got the effect I was looking for.

I hope you enjoy this painting. I'm very pleased with the result and I'm considering entering it into a museum show in December.

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