Starting the larger painting from the last post.Having completed the color sketch it is time to try and create a larger version. I think I used an old tube of red lake madder or some strange color like that to sketch the composition.
I am always amazed that with just three values and two colors you can get the feeling of a quiet lake.
Sketch in the sky color and the distant shore line. Remember the reflection is darker than the sky.
I thought it might be nice to compare the original color sketch with the larger version as I go along.
Time to work on those clouds. In the smaller version the large block of light clouds worked. In the larger version, I think I need to break up that large cloud mass a bit.
That's better. Now let's look at the trees.
I found it helps to start with a larger mass of color and then break it down into smaller shapes.
There is a big difference between, laying the color on top of the underpainting rather than into the paint of the under painting. I fight this all the time. Picking up the paint from the underpainting can kill your color and make everything seem muddy.
That dead branch gave me a lot of trouble.
Completed the painting but..... the larger version doesn't hold my attention. I think it needs a focal point.
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oil on hardboard