The last day of the year and the last painting. The weather is cold and yesterday the sun was shining from early morning burning away the woodland mist. Although the days are lengthening, by just a few seconds at the moment, the promise of spring is definitely here.
I was interested in depicting the effect of the low sun filtering through the undergrowth. I was trying not to produce a ‘photographic’ like image. The prevalence of such scenes in photography has conditioned the way we expect to see it. Even with the modern HDR (High Dynamic Range) cameras the scene will tend to be in silhouette with lens flare and other ‘limitations’ of photography becoming the way we think we see.
The sparkling pinpoints of light were placed with the edge of a knife. Firstly as vertical lines and then overpainted with horizontal lines. This produced a pattern of ‘+’ shapes where the light was breaking through. Impossible to do with a brush, regardless of how small the point.
The colours are Raw Sienna, Burnt Umber and Prussian Blue and Titanium White. There is no black used. A little Liquin was used as I have found this smoothes the flat areas, like the sky, on this rough textured canvas.
The picture size is 16″ x 12″ and took about 2 hours to complete in a single session. Here is the video of the painting process. See you next year 🙂
Happy New Year, Liam! Thanks for all your tips and inspiration.
Happy New Year Pierr. You’re welcome and thank you for the nice comments.
Glorious. Thanks for your informative blog and have a happy and productive new year 🙂
Happy New Year Rosie. Thank you for all the encouragement throughout the past year.
Beautiful! Happy New Year, Liam.
Happy new year to you, Maggie and thank you.
So glad, so lucky I discovered your site .Your paintings are inspirational and you are so generous with your explanations .Continue with your good work and have a very Happy New Year , Liam .
Thank you and a happy net year to you, David. I hope you find the blog helpful.