May Reaches the Pond

TM8348 May Reaches the Pond 22x22 oil on panel

TM8348 May Reaches the Pond 22×22 oil on panel

It always seems like spring will never get here, then in just two days, everything is green and blooming. I’m also struck by how red the tree buds are, and how the yellow green of early May is so strident, as if to say “Look! I’m here!”  This view from the Breakheart Reservation, a state park in Saugus, Massachusetts epitomizes the first days of May. Enjoy!

Technical painting notes –  continuing the pond series with techniques borrowed from the monoprint process, I rolled a first layer of paint using a soft rubber brayer, then scraped, wiped and blotted the surface to get a basic composition and forms. I wanted to contrast the softness of the trees with the hard angularity of the ledge, and also figure out a way to suggest trees and shrubs that weren’t in full leaf yet. Below is a detail from the middle right side of the painting, showing a close-up of the shrubby growth.

TM8348 May Reaches the Pond (detail from middle right)

TM8348 May Reaches the Pond (detail from middle right)

Advertisements

One thought on “May Reaches the Pond

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s