Painting the New England Woods and Rushing Water

by Jan Blencowe in Painting Methods
It’s been a long, long while since I’ve made a blog post. That’s because of a number of things going on in my life, my need for a less busy lifestyle with less “shoulds & oughts”  and also because I’ve been locked out of blogger for some very complicated reasons for several months.  
The blogger thing is fixed, but my desire for less “shoulds & oughts” and the stress and guilt they bring along with them has not, so I will be posting again,  but less frequently. That should be good news for most of you since I’m sure your in-boxes overflow every day just like mine does!

I’m also going to try to keep my posts mercifully brief unless I have something really valuable to share, that needs a longer explanation. Look for interesting posts that come in installments and will only take a few moments out of your busy day.

Above is my latest large, landscape painting in the Woodlands Series, Spring Rush. Last spring we had some periods of very heavy rains and that along with all the snow melt created a torrent in what is usually a nearly dry creek. 

The power of the water was incredibly even at this small scale!  Makes me shudder to think what a real flood is like. Yikes. 

A few on site preliminary sketches for your edification and delight!

Note how the second sketch begins to really distill a complicated scene, giving me the bones of the situation and provides the basis for the large painting, showing the movement of the water, the force and the placement of the large rocks.