Spring is creeping into the landscape and the recent heavy rainfall has swollen the river. The erosion of the banks has lead to the collapse of this tree.
I was interested in the contrast between the apparent featureless grass field and the tangle of broken branches and roots of the fallen tree.
The entire painting was produced with only 2 brushes. A no. 8 filbert and a 00 nylon ‘rigger’. There are only 3 colours used (Raw Sienna, Raw Umber and Prussian Blue) and the mixes evolved through a series of colours produced by varying the proportions of each constituent tube colour. The large brush was not ‘cleaned’ between the various mixes, the excess was just wiped from the brush on a tissue paper. The result is a harmony of colour as the entire painting is basically the same colour, with variations. The small brush is used to introduce details. This is similar to a watercolour technique as these details are painted with a very solvent rich liquid paint.
Its a different approach to what is normally employed by oil painters where a series of colours are mixed simultaneously and the different colours applied, usually by a different brush reserved for that colour.
Here is the video of the painting process, see you soon.
All the best for 2014 my friend, I have not been around much but see you have not lost any of your magic, in your art and writings. You continue to inspire and inform so many – kudos to you…
Thank you John, and thank you for the interesting posts during 2013. May you continue the good work in 2014.
This is so interesting, your technique is so accomplished
So much fun to watch.