Landscape – Dark Pool

This is a landscape on canvas (5″ x 7″) that I have just finished. It is based on an area between Clifden and Roundstone known as the ‘Bog Road’ which offers impressive views of the ‘Twelve Bens’ mountain range.



Landscape by Deborah Watkins



The photograph below shows the painting after the first sitting. I have used quite a lot of acrylic paint and ink to get it to this stage. The pool in the centre is the main focus of this one as you can see.


Painting: 12 Bens 2



Here it is from a different angle – I’ve brought the painting around the edges of the canvas (below).


Painting: 12 Bens 3



I wanted to make the piece darker in terms of colour and mood when I came back to the painting. These bog pools have a bottomless watery darkness about them that I am trying to convey here. I got it to this stage (below) but now I am not happy with the sky or the mountains in the background.


Painting: 12 Bens 4



I returned to the piece when the paint had dried and attempted the background again. I decided to introduce some reds and purples to the mountain range as there is too much blue in the piece above. Here is the painting as I have left it (below).



Landscape by Deborah Watkins



In an effort to create more drama and movement, I allowed the grasses and water to spill over the front side of the canvas (below).


Painting: 12 Bens 6



I am happier with the piece now and I think that the red mountain range is an improvement. I hope that I have managed to create this dark mood I am looking for. What do you think?

by Deborah Watkins