Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Finding the swan

Landwash
12 x 36"  acrylics


Sometimes it is difficult to move past the ugly stage of a painting.  Often it takes some time to pass before the mood and inspiration comes to help ease it along to where it should be.  Most pieces have their swan in them, it just takes a bit of coaxing sometimes to get it out into the open.

I thought I'd share the final images of a couple of pieces that I showed here in varying stages which are now complete.

The first, Landwash, is in acrylics on a 12" x 36" gallery canvas.  From the last piece I had shown here I added some glazes of colour to the sea and shore to give it interest and break up the expanse of silvery water.  The sun hitting high points of the water and glittering across the surface completed it.

Earth's Eye
6 x 12 oils

The second piece was a study of a the water surface from an image taken at Gallow's Cove Pond late last summer.  I had put down the values and hadn't done much more with it, posting it here with another reflective water surface painting.   I hauled the canvas out again and added some detail to it.  The painting was done in oils on a reclaimed canvas 6 x 12" and the surface was a little uneven, so this will likely remain a study.

11 comments:

Katherine Tyrrell said...

You really are getting very good at water!

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Wow! These are awesome, I love how wet they are, the mirror like and movement qualities of the water. They are so well observed.

Baley Petersen said...

Absolutely gorgeous. That first one, Landwash, looks like a photo! Beautiful.

Africantapestry and Myfrenchkitchen said...

Great work Jeanette!!
ronelle

Jeanette said...

Practice makes perfect Katherine :)

Thanks Lisa. I have an advantage of living close to the water, so between that and capturing photo references, it helps me with the realism.

Baley, thank you. Landwash worked well for me and I'm hoping to do a partner piece for it soon.

Ronelle, thanks for your support.

Sarah Wimperis said...

love the light through the wave, very well done.

Isabelle MAIGNAN said...

C'est très beau !!!!!!! bravo !

vivien said...

the pattern of the reflections works beautifully and that landwash is so COLD! you've got the chill so well.

Art From Books said...

They look great, so so real!

learn to oil paint said...

I like your blog!...Daniel

Angela said...

Such refreshing water in both of them. Love them