LookingTowardsLakeII_Underp

Looking Towards the Lake II was painted in my studio from a photo I took on vacation. The openness of the landscape allows me to emphasize the ‘sky scape”, which I love to do in my paintings. I find the challenge of creating a sky that defines the story one of the main things I enjoy in landscape painting. The sky determines the light, time of day, wind, weather, mood and temperature. In Looking Towards the Lake II, I simplified the sky, defining just one large cloud to give scale to the landscape below. The underpainting, above, was painted with liquid acrylics on Clairefontaine PastelMat.

LookingTowardsLakeII_Palett

An old tin lid holds my pastel palette while painting, this makes it much easier to find that special colour used previously in the work. If I’m working on a series of paintings from the same location, I’ll often reuse this palette in the next painting. Taking a photo of your final palette is also useful for reusing a successful colour combination in the future.

LookingTowardsLakeII_Detail

Detail above of Towards the Lake II. Jewels of colour help draw the eye around the work.

LookingTowardsLakeII

Finished painting above, 10″h x 24″w

Looking Towards the Lake II is available at Cranston Gallery on Main, Bloomfield.