Monthly Archives: September 2011

The River – WIP10

The River

36 x 48 – Acrylic on Wood

I’m checking the Fall Colour Report and Algonquin is at Peak Colour! Yay! Guess I know what I’m doing this weekend. :) Glad its one of those that I can do a in a quick day trip! Toronto is still only at 10% colour so it’s amazing that I can drive north for just a couple of hours and be drenched in Autumn’s crimson! It really extends the fall season for me, which is great since it’s my fave. :) That’s probably enough exclamation marks and smiley faces for one post – lol.

I have reached the pocket of yellow foliage that sits on the bank of the river – just a little morsel of gold hemmed in by the darker reds and greens. This river has everything. :)

 

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The River – WIP9

The River

36 x 48 – Acrylic on Wood

Fall is here and I can’t wait for the colours! I’m planning my day trips and going over the notes I’ve taken over the last few years to remind me of the best spots.  I also like to find new favourite inspiration spots and I have found that geo-caching really helps with that. I go to all sorts of odd places looking for caches and find wonderful landscape opportunities that I would never have found otherwise.

I’m enjoying working this large – even though sometimes it feels like I will never finish. :) I did some more work on the background trees this session. I think I may move on to the river next; I would like to see some more of it!

 

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The River – WIP8

The River

36 x 48 – Acrylic on Wood

We will be going to Thunder Bay in the next little while, looking for Fall. I expect we’ll find it. :) I guess I can’t wait patiently for it to come to my little part of Ontario so I’ve got to go haring after it up north. Anything that extends my season of inspiration is a good thing. :) (Not that I don’t like or get inspired by the other seasons, mind, but Fall is just packed with perfection!)

I am moving smartly through this riot of foreground foliage and I’m starting to feel the urge to move into the trees across the river again. :)

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The River – WIP7

The River

36 x 48 – Acrylic on Wood

We went walking/geo-caching in the area that was the inspiration for paintings like Kaleidoscope and Passing Storm on the weekend. While there is still too much unrelieved green for this autumn enthusiast, I could see the beginnings of fall in the brassy leaves and even the occasional splash of red! Yay! I can hardly wait! :)

The River is progressing nicely; I’m enjoying this palette very much. I think  the colours are working very well together – harmony and contrast. :)

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The River – WIP6

The River

36 x 48 – Acrylic on Wood

It is darker and more subdued across the river, but some of the early fall colours still come through. The sky will echo the river but also be more subdued in keeping with how far far away it is. :)

This painting is such great fun – I have all these different mini palettes that I get to intertwine and yet keep separate at the same time. :)

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The River – WIP5

The River

36 x 48 – Acrylic on Wood

A little of the foreground is complete now and I can get a good sense of how the painting is flowing. Next up I will work on the trees across the river which I have been very anxious to do. I’m getting nicely into the rhythm of it all now, one shape flowing into another, colours complementing and merging.

We are heading into my favourite time of year there is a distant chill in the air and the first bronzing of the leaves has begun. Fall in Ontario is so brief and so beautiful – I can’t wait!

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The River – WIP4

The River

36 x 48 – Acrylic on Wood

When in doubt – do both, lol. So I hit the river and the cool green foliage. And next I think I want to start on the foreground stuff and see how that meshes with what is going on already. It’s kind of like juggling with the river, the mid-ground and the foreground – and that doesn’t even take into consideration the distant forest and the sky which I’m not planning on starting on until much later – although that could change. :)  I know the sky will echo the river and the forest on the far side will be darker and more muted, (at least that’s the plan). I want to keep everything distinct yet clearly of a piece as well.

Now if I could just stop bumping the painting into the ceiling as I turn it every which way in search of that perfect painted edge – lol.

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