Sunday, July 03, 2011

Salmonier river



The tall grasses that grown on the edges of rivers are a rich source of inspiration in terms of shapes and colours.  Some rivers are flanked by reeds which I'll be working on in another painting for the future.  The texture and colour found in these grasses was a little daunting initially but as I'm getting into it and seeing the form develop, it becomes rhythmic to create the lines and arches that they form.

The water, too, has depth with submerged rocks and grasses that add interest.  I love how the movement of the water makes the grasses float in that direction, almost like hair blowing in the wind.  I'll continue to develop this small piece as a prelude to larger piece.  I like how the water leads me into the painting, wanting to see what is around that corner.

This is 5 x 7 on stretched canvas in acrylic.

5 comments:

Tam Hess said...

Beautiful painting...I especially like the way you made the ripples in the water! Also the grasses under the water, impressive!

Sandra said...

This is brilliantly done - Just incredible!

RH Carpenter said...

How lovely and serene :)

Sue Pownall said...

This is a very tranquil painting.

I like how the capelin came out.

Jeanette said...

Thank you Tess, what initially seemed to be a daunting piece becomes more simplified as I break it into smaller sections.

Thanks Sandra, still needs some work on it to complete, hopefully tonight.

Rhonda, there's something about water and little rivers like this one that give a feeling of peace I find.

Thanks Sue. Whether watching or painting it, water is calming. And those capelin - I always have paintings in my head for them.