Monday, March 28, 2016

Impressions of Spring by the River

I started this piece on location at the Deschutes River. I talked my Mom into being my painting companion and we brought a picnic. I must say that this was after a LOT of rain here in the Northwest and we really wanted SUN! I think the light by The Dalles is BRIGHTER!!!!!! Even through my sunglasses everything seemed LIGHTER!!!!! Anyway, we sat by the river and I started painting. I finished in my studio. Even though the light was bright, the colors were kind of muted greens, browns and reds. The new growth is just starting to happen and the Spring flowers weren't blooming mucht yet. I used artistic license to add the light green leaves which were just starting to bud out. I wanted to make that contrast between the delicate first greens and the reddish, brownish colors in the background. I enjoyed creating the gradation in the water from dark to light, again using some delicate tints of blues and blue greens. The trees were fun, large sentinels along the river beginning to leaf out. The rhythm of nature continues to fascinate me and Spring is one of my favorite rhythms!
"Impressions of Spring by the River" • Original acrylic on 3/4" wrap around canvas, painting continues on sides, ready to hang • 12" x 12"

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