A lake, trees, an island and more trees
Phew! I finished this 12x16 commissioned painting that's been keeping me busy for quite some time. I had to really plan the foreground tree foliage before I mixed up any paint, and I also had to make certain I mixed up ENOUGH paint so that it wouldn't run out and dry up during my wet-in-wet applications.
I'm not a big fan of masking fluid, but I really felt that this painting needed it. I painted the grasses and plants in the foreground with a yellow-green wash first, then "painted" some interesting, loose ferns and plants with masking fluid. I glazed on the warm brown colours and then removed the mask once the paint dried. I'm pleased with the result - I feel that I achieved the sparkling dance of light that I was aiming for.
Here is the reference photo - as you can see it was quite cluttered with trees and lacking in colour.