Thursday, June 18, 2009

River Rocks 5"x7" oil

A loose and spontaneous sketch, as I try to capture my reaction and impressions of this scene. The contrasts of the solid, almost immovable rocks and the shallow,transparent and constantly moving water as well as the sunlight and shadow was a delight to study and paint. Water is always a challenge for me to paint. It is so easy to become confused, the reflections, what lies beneath the surface, the movement. Every look between brushstrokes is different."Squinting" often, really helps simplify some of this. I'm pretty happy with this sketch. An alternate title for this might be "You First".

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