This painting has been in “pondering mode” for a few weeks now as I’ve contemplated where to take it, whether to go further into shadow with backlit trees (more true to the location in autumn) or “add more sunshine”. I know, artistic license and all that, but the shadows of low autumnal sunshine is one of the beautiful things about this location; then again it was the single, bright yellow tree with its autumnal leaves which caught my eye that day.
Only certainties are that the painting is not where I want it to be (yet) and that I’m inhibited by how much I like parts of it, such as the yellow tree, the river stones at the bottom. What I suspect I’m going to do:
- Deepen the darks, using perylene green and Prussian blue
- Add some white-rippled water in the stream, on the left-hand edges of the rocks in the water and at the edge of the bank
- Glaze over the sky to make it feel less disjointed, wiping off the paint where it goes over the tree trunks
- Add “sunshine” to the trunks, river bank and stones, as if sunshine is coming from the top right
But perhaps I’ll contemplate it a little more first, and rather continue on some of my other works-in-progress.