Tuesday, May 29, 2012
As soon as I saw the photo that I took last week at the bird sanctuary in Salmon Arm, I knew I had to paint it. Now I'm not too sure. Usually a shrub or tree would have a darker value than the background hill, but the photo showed differently. I know you should never trust a photo, but it looked correct to me. When you live in an area with evergreen trees everywhere you look, the hills and mountains can look very dark. I guess I could just say the sun was shining on the shrub, but the background was cloudy. Now that I am typing my thoughts out it makes perfect sense. It is up to me to decide what the painting looks like and I can have the sun shine anywhere I want. I feel better now that I won that argument with myself. Or did I lose it?
Shuswap Lake is on the rise with the runoff of melting snow from the surrounding mountains and you get scenes like this quite often. Normally this little bush would be far back from the lake, but right now it doesn't have to look too far for water. It looks like it is just standing there in defiance, daring the lake to come any closer. I don't know if I would have taken the photo a few months ago. It wasn't a great photo, but I thought it could make an interesting painting. I am learning to take photos for painting references now, not for beautiful photos. There is a big difference.
This is painted with Windsor & Newton Artisan WMO's and is painted on a 4 x 6 canvas panel. I used the same triad as yesterday. The paint was a little sticky, but still workable. I didn't time myself, but it probably took between thirty to forty minutes to paint.
Thanks for looking.