Friday, 11 January 2013

Forest Gloaming complete WIP

(The first three stages of this painting can be seen here)

Forest Gloaming 21x28cm mixed media on paper  ©2013Lisa Le Quelenec

By the end of stage 3 I had a very cold painting. I wanted to bring back some warmth and a little more light into the piece and so scumbled some yellow ochre and zinc white to take the edge off the very blue greens. Neater yellow ochre in the foreground warmed up the forest floor and added to the sparkle of the more purple/blue greens. Overall I have kept the cool atmosphere and the warm ochre has only served to emphasise this. (For some reason when I photograph this painting the warm ochre has been exagerated, it's not quite as obvious looking in the painting and the whole thing is quite a lot lighter. The camera is emphasising a higher contrast than in real life.) Very gently, I have strengthened the trees that stand against the light they are barely there and are suggested with broken line.

Using a NOT watercolour paper has meant that the surface has more of a texture than I would normally use but has been advantageous with some of the media. I've rather enjoyed mixing it up a little and think I will do some more work exploring mixed media.


Gerry Snape said...

love this...

Caroline Simmill said...

Happy New Year to you Lisa! I hope you have lots of happy painting days. I smiled at your post about the daffodils I can't see any of them in our shops here in Scotland yet so it was nice to hear that Springtime visited you early in your studio. You are very flexible in your artwork painting quite detailed works to those paintings that bring great mood and atmosphere with pretty colours to our eyes.

Bruce Sherman said...

Hi Lisa!... A great finish for this piece... lovely light and contrast! A winner!

By all means do experiment further... it sure points in a real positive direction! Good luck... playing! HA HA!!!

Good Painting!
Warmest regards,

Vandy said...

Stunning painting! This has turned out beautifully.

Judy said...

Beautiful light in this painting! I love it!

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Hi Gerry, thank you :o)

Happy New Year Caroline! After seeing the weather report last night I imagine that you have snow. Hopefully it won't be too long before you have some daffs and a sign of spring on it's way.

Hello Bruce, thank you. I'm really enjoying my experiments month, so far it's been good fun.

Thank you Vandy :o)

Thank you Judy! Good luck with your move.