Winter’s end landscape

I’ve just finished this painting. The canvas is 12″ x 16″ and it’s based on some photos I took last month. The landscape had a bleached look to it that is only starting to change now. It’s unusual not to see more Spring colour here at this time of year but we’ve had a very long spell of unseasonably cold and dry weather which has delayed the new growth.

Here’s how this painting began. I’ve roughed in the composition and I’ve added some textured paste to the foreground.

 

First stage of Winter's end landscape

 

 

 

 

Next some more colour. I decide to leave the background more or less as it is.

 

Second stage of Winter's end landscape

 

 

 

Next I concentrate on this gorge in the foreground. This represents an area of cut bog and I want it to contrast with the lightness of the grasses so I go in with lots of darks – sepias and earthy reds.

 

Third stage of Winter's end landscape

 

 

 

 

Here’s a couple of close ups below.

 

Close up 1

 

 

 

 

Winter's end close up 2

 

 

 

 

At this point I decided to add a little green to the piece. I chose a pearlescent silvery green below.

 

Winter's end landscape almost finished

 

 

 

 

 

Now a bit of tidying up and just a little more green, this time it’s a sap green.

 

Finished landscape by Deborah Watkins

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