I have had a lot of opportunities to paint fall colors this year. It has been just beautiful this year. Normally I have not been too inspired by my own back yard. I guess all I see are the things that need fixin and cleaned up. There is a small creek at the edge of my property called Gibson Branch; it runs through a huge wooded area next door. Well the golden glow was beaming in my studio window, so I grabbed my gear and headed out back. This little creek is a bit of a challenge to paint, but it is up to the artist to make something of all the voices calling out. If you are ever doing a wooded stream scene be careful with those big straight diagonal trees. They are nice in 3d space, but I do better leaving them out for the most part. What inspired me was the beautiful golden light coming from behind the trees and reflecting in the water. I teaked the photo of the scene but still it doesen't show all the beautiful color.....that's why we paint.
oil on linen
I didn't have much time so I grabbed a scrap 5.75 x 5 and jumped right in. I started in overcast light with the sun peaking through, which I feel produces more dramatic color. I used a size 6 and 2 hog hair bristle bush and a sable liner. Done in 35-40 minutes.
Artists should never allow themselves to become static. We should always be learning and growing, a journey if you will. I have started this blog to share with my fellow artists and collectors some of the things I am experienceing along the way.
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