Sunday, May 22, 2011

Overflow complete

10 x 10  acrylic

I've finished this smaller painting, trying to make the smooth surface and the flow blend together. Painting water is always interesting and I often need to see the source before I can complete it.  It was no different today.   I went out to a lake to study water this afternoon so I could commit to memory its movement and surface.  I needed that reinforcement of reality before I could complete the final touches to this piece.

Water, like any other object can be simply broken down into darks and lights, but familiarity with the subject helps a lot, especially when working from several sources, photos, life and memory.  That intimate knowledge of a subject and the time spent drawing and painting it over and over and over is required before ever trying to commit a memory effectively into a painting.  


Marian Fortunati said...

Really wonderful!!!
I think water is very difficult.

Sandra said...

This is stunning! So beautifully done :0)

Lydie said...

Wow! beautiful water.

Billie Crain said...

The thumbnail looked like a photo but seeing it in a larger format it almost verges on the abstract. Well done, Jeanette!

Jeanette said...

Thanks Marian, once you know the form, the rest more or less follows. It is time consuming to paint and can be challenging.

Thank you Sandra.

Glad you like it Lydie.

Billie, I can't seem to get a decent image of this no matter what. I hate the up close views of images, as they never give a true sense of what the painting looks like.

While people like to look at detail, I prefer a vantage point from further back.

Sue Pownall said...

It's beautiful!

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

I really like the reflections and the smoothness of the water. I love paintings that hone in to fragments of a big subject that become semi abstract....beautiful.

Benco said...

Excellent, flowing water is such a simple idea but so hard to capture well, you've nailed it.