by Judith F Lochbrunner
mixed media on paper
8 x 8 inches
Today's landscape challenge is painting reflections. As the title indicates the water is still so the reflection is a clear "mirror" image. However the process to complete this painting was a bit different, well actually fun.
Thanks to the Art Box in Lynchburg I was able to get a set of Art Graf pigments in primary colors. These blended pigments are in a shape similar to tailors chalk and are water-soluble.
Step one was to sketch in the shapes of the landscape blending them lightly to create a wider variety of colors.
Step two was to spritz with water and see this intense color explode on the sealed paper. This certainly gave the underpainting a fresh and exciting feel.
After sealing with acrylic spray and then covering with a coat of acrylic gel, I added several layers of acrylic to further define the landscape shapes. The mirror image shapes of the reflections were the challenge of this work as it always needed to be in 'balance".
I tried to respect the underpainting and not completely cover it. And while the colors in the finished work are a bit more muted, hopefully the painting still feels fresh.
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