Pond reed painting

Pencil up with the ground layer

Two sessions in

I thought I might be done with the pond paintings, but my husband commented in passing that he liked the reed reference photo. I said, what the heck, and decided to try another.

I was feeling pretty good about the three I had done so far, but this vegetation was quite different than the lily pads, even if the color palette was close to the same.  As I worked along, I tried to remember to keep it loose and define the shapes with dabs of color rather than sharp lines.  The preliminary work was okay, but I knew I needed more depth.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. denisebushphoto
    Feb 27, 2019 @ 16:53:53

    Love how you share your process … another masterpiece on its way!


    • ruthsartwork
      Feb 27, 2019 @ 22:38:05

      Thanks, Denise. I find it useful to keep track of how things happen. I usually work an hour or two at a time on a piece. I have found over the years that I tend to lose objectivity if I work too long and can’t see what is happening. Flaws appear the next day and I can fix what I need to. It can be slow because of the needed breaks.


  2. lindahalcombfineart
    Mar 01, 2019 @ 10:24:39

    Ruth, you have made a beautiful start. I agree with your process steps. I need a break when I paint and, when I think I’m done, I have to “live with” a painting for a couple of weeks to decide that it is completed. Wonderful work so far.


    • ruthsartwork
      Mar 01, 2019 @ 15:11:41

      Thanks, Linda. Sometimes I feel as if I don’t work enough at a time. I hear about all of these artists that can spend hours at a time working on something, but I just can’t do that anymore. I need to get out of that space in my head for a bit or I dspend the next day fixing too much that I see as wrong then.


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