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Below is Minnippi Parklands, Sunny. It's a pleasant landscape from a local park I run around. The sun was high, the water crystal clear, and the colors crisp.
Reference Photo and Study
Here's the reference photo I painted from:
- Oil on Ambersand gessoboard. 18 x 24 inches.
- Main colors: Ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, cadmium red, alizarin crimson, cadmium yellow, cadmium yellow deep, viridian green, and titanium white.
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- When landscape painting, you need to tailor your style, technique, and tools for the environment and conditions. In this case, a clear day means crisp colors and clear reflections in the water. I painted with direct brushwork and distinct colors.
- I used rich blues for the water at the bottom of the painting. Almost pure ultramarine blue and cobalt blue. I rarely use such strong colors but it was how it looked in life.
- Texture in the foreground suggests detail and activity, particularly on the left which is catching more light. More light=more clarity=more texture.
- The plants on the left side are similar in value to the light water. This is an example of value simplification.
- I used simplified brushwork for the trees in the back, drawing inspiration from Edgar Payne.
Close-Ups and the Finished Painting
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