Oil on Board, 10 x 14 inches
I painted this one as a demonstration piece for the Oundle Art Group last Thursday, finishing it off back in the studio today. It's an Autumn scene, a precursor of what will be on offer next month.
After the initial block-in with warn Acrylix brushes (there's no point using decent, expensive brushes at this stage), I used a Long Flat Hog brush to place in the simple sky and grass bank on the far right-hand bank, then employed my big 1" Household Paint Brush to re-establish the bulk of the trees and bankside vegetation, working from dark to light. The two larger trees were re-drawn with a No3 Rigger and the water was placed in with Short Flat Rosemary Mongoose brushes, blending where appropriate to similate the water reflections. Then it was a case of tidying up all over the painting and pushing in the foreground bank with thicker impasto strokes and finally finishing with a few 'sky holes' through the trees and drawing some trunks and branches. Voila!