Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Silver Springs Sunset - Final Painting

This painting is finally done after two weeks of working on it. The trees and reflections in the water are painted with transparent paints. The sky and reflections of the sky are opaque paints. In the above image, the trees are glazed with various shades of hansa yellow, olive green, sienna, sap green and shale.
In the above image here, I went back over the trees (after the initial glazing dried) and further defined the tree masses and reflections with thicker transparent paint - the same colors as above. But I also painted the darkest shadows with thin paint. The tree edges are also glazed in a warmer color than the sky - brown pink, hansa yellow and a touch of alizarin crimson.
Finally I added more glazes and made a few more adjustments to the background trees and water. This post is just a general overview of how I work. It's taken me quite a while to feel comfortable with this process, but I feel the time spent was well worth the effort.

17 comments:

Pam Holnback said...

This is really beautiful. The glazes and colors are so well done.

Manon Doyle said...

You sure know how to capture a mood, Janelle! It's simply stunning!!

Marion said...

Janelle, it is amazing. The sky reflecting in the water is just awesome. You've perfectly captured the soft blue of the sky and the reflection. Thank you for sharing it. Blessings!

Maine Art Aupply said...

Working like this must take a lot of patience.

Caroline said...

Janelle, what a beautiful painting, I just love the water reflections and the sky and the glow through the trees. Showing us the build up stages it so interesting. Thank you!

loriann said...

Janelle, the color you have been using is amazing! I must admit kept going back to your banner as well..wow that's deep down in the gut color! LOVE it!

Betsy said...

It's gorgeous! I'm sure it's even more stunning in person, too! :)

Fábio Cembranelli said...

Hi Janelle, thanks for sharing your painting process, step by step. Lovely sensitive piece, you've captured the esssence of spring here! Hope you're ok, love your work!

Fábio Cembranelli said...

Hi Janelle, thanks for sharing your painting process, step by step. Lovely sensitive piece, you've captured the esssence of spring here! Hope you're ok, love your work!

SamArtDog said...

This absolutely vibrates. Such deep rich glazes! It must be amazing in person. Definitely more than worth the effort. Be proud.

SamArtDog said...

Hey, somebody swallowed the comment I left this morning!

It said something about your rich deep glazes. About how much I like this painting. About how your effort is definitely worth it.

It was worth repeating.

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Pam, Thanks so much. Now I'm off to see more of your garden series!

Hi Manon, I appreciate it!

Hi Marion, So good of you, thanks. Maybe I can find some poetry to go with. Blessings to you too!

Hi Maine Art Supply, Hmm, yes sometimes it tests my patience too :)

Hi Caroline, Thanks! I suspect you know about the build-up stages tonalism requires too, with your beautiful sky paintings!

Hi Loriann, Thanks! That brown pink again, Ha! By the way, I loved seeing all your beautiful paintings together!

Hi Betsy, Funny how the computer does change the look of the paintings a bit. Yes, they do look a little different. Thanks!

Hi Fabio, I appreciate your comment. It means a lot to me!

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Sam, Thank you so much! I'm looking forward to seeing more of your menacing sky series. Fascinating!

Celeste Bergin said...

Janelle...I always like to see your glowing paintings in the thumbnails on my blog roll--they never disappoint. You employ just the right amount of warmth and restraint.

Catherine Jeffrey said...

Absolutely beautiful and calming painting. It is a very complicated process, but the results are quite breath taking! I agree with one comment that it must require patience. Do you work on other paintings in between drying times?

Jill Berry said...

It's wonderful~
and so warm, as usual.
I appreciate you taking the time to photograph and share the play-by-play. Very interesting- the interaction of transparent and opaque. Also, to see the mnt range go purple, then unite again with the tree forms. I've been hoping someone would show this process. Thanks

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Catherine, I always appreciate your comments! The indirect method was confusing to me in the beginning because everything is backwards. And yes, I usually try to work on more than one painting at a time.

Hi Jill, Thanks! I thought it was time to show my process even though there's more involved. I would love to see your process sometime. I love your thick, juicy paint on the surfaces of your paintings!