Tuesday, April 20, 2010

"Russell Millpond"

"Russell Millpond"
6"X6" oil on gessobord

This morning's painting is a scene on the Russell Millpond on Route 4 in Chelmsford near the Billerica line. Once again, I was intrigued by the shapes of the pines and the color in the spring buds on the the deciduous trees. There is so much texture and color variation in the foliage right now, it makes it easy to find a nice composition.

So, what did I learn, and what do I want to do differently? I've been thinking about that all day. When commenting on yesterday's painting, I was thinking about things to improve in the painting, but isn't that related to what needs improvement in the process? I think so. And though I really love this painting, the deciduous trees were giving me trouble. So I'll find some more trees and work on that tomorrow.

On the flip side, I like the process here on the pine trees, which was a quick pass doing "scribble" trees (thanks Suzanne H!) in a middle green, followed by the darks, followed by the lights, and sculpting with the surroundings.