Siden Hill Wood and Marsh Lane Nature Reserve: July

201307 Marsh Lane 3b

This was painted on a piece of Arches rough paper on the same day as I had sketched the heron lurking in the distant reeds.

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Once again this was an exploration in mixing greens, mainly using cobalt and aurolean.  The slide show shows the field sketch with the same tonal values throughout fore, mid and background.  This week I reworked this, first building in deep contrasting darks using the colours I had already used but now mixed with paynes grey (cool) or neutral tint (warm).  The background was now far too dark.  I lifted the colour and softened the lines before reapplying wet and dilute washes of the blue and yellow separately.  I think those trees have receded as a result.  Careless blots became flying birds above the bridge.

It’s all learning.

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