Along the Bozenskill river in upstate New York, I discovered a picturesque waterfall. The falls has an idyllic beauty that welcomes the hiker with two stone benches that directly face the falls. Never did I imagine that I would find such an inviting spot to paint. Plein air certainly has some unexpected treasures.
Over the past ten years, I had been on a quest to depict realistic water scenes. As amazing as this experience has been, I feel a new direction is in order. In fact, my last two paintings portray a vibrant warmer color palette. This new oil painting may be representative of future paintings with soft luminescent tones and warm colors.
Updated - The Buttermilk plein aire oil painting is happily framed and situated in a cozy cabin in the Adirondacks. Here is a chronological update from start to finish. I know it will be forever treasured in its home sweet home. Thank you MP!
This painting evokes a reminder of a calm fall day in the Adirondacks. It seems to invite the viewer to take a walk leading into a woodland area where more wonders await.
The first phase consists of toning and establishing the values with burnt sienna. The second phase includes applying the foundational colors for background sky and midground water area. The third phase requires applying foundational colors for the foreground rocky shore area. The fourth phase features layering the secondary colors with a final touch of highlights and details. 8/13/20