|Lily Pond, underpainting, 12 x 16"|
But I have more eggs to break on this adventure I'm on. I laid out this underpainting of a new lily pond I came across in the woods and decided I needed to knock off a quick one. Usually landscapes are good for that. Well not this one with oils; it's too complex. This underpainting immediately followed by wet-into-wet Alla Prima oil paint applications quickly turned to mud. I wiped the canvas clean concluding: forget underpainting. I really am a babe in the woods with this new medium and new technique, but my values were right. Slowly it goes, but not painfully.
|The cross bow sapling would have been eliminated of course. I love the reflections in the pond.|
I like the black and white photograph; it has a full range of grays. This is just a portion of the original panoramic view worthy of matting and framing.