Pond Painting

Pond Painting

This last month I was inspired watching the British tv show “Landscape Artist of the Year” and decided to try something plein air myself.  It’s technically  not quite plein art as I am sitting inside behind my studio doors and painting through the glass, but it is a real landscape not a photo.  I just prefer to think of myself as well climatized.  LOL

This is about 90% finished after 3 sessions.  I like it well enough, but am not quite happy with the water yet.  I need to let it sit and percolate before I work on it again.  I think the water should be a bit more horizontal looking and something slightly more defined in the foreground.

After doing this, I am utterly in awe of some of the work I saw done in just four hours for the tv show.  It’s on Ovation tv and if you get the chance to see any of the episodes, it is well worth watching.  There is also a “Portrait Artist of the Year” and I find those episodes equally amazing.  I can’t work that fast, ever.  Or that well.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Des
    Oct 09, 2018 @ 08:00:49

    What a nice view to see out your window! I like the reflection on the water and the purple wildflowers in the foreground. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of changes you make.


    • ruthsartwork
      Oct 09, 2018 @ 08:37:22

      Thanks, Des. It is a beatiful view and I never know what I might see happening out there. We have seen quite a few National Geographic moments with the wildlife. We have seen bald eagles, herons, deer, foxes, coyotes, ducks, geese, hawks, and much more, in surprising interactions. I wonder sometimes what we miss because we are not looking out at the right time. The eagle killing the great blue heron in the air over the water was probably the most dramatic animal encounter I have ever seen.

      The flowers up front are my addition. We just have a plain old lawn and I wanted to make it look a bit prettier..


  2. denisebushphoto
    Oct 20, 2018 @ 09:37:28

    Excellent work! It looks finished to me but I understand letting things ‘percolate’. I sometimes do the same when processing my landscape photographs.


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