May at the Upper Falls

TM8350 May at the Upper Falls 22x24 oil on panel

TM8350 May at the Upper Falls 22×24 oil on panel

Halfway through spring and the colors are getting brighter. This slope above the Upper Falls in Newton, Massachusetts is alive with new growth. I’m always surprised by the way spring almost echoes fall with its proliferation of yellows. Enjoy!

Technical painting notes – The painting started with a roll of mostly bunt sienna and umber, which was blotted to reveal lighter shapes, such as the stones. A spattering of solvent was blotted, creating textures throughout most of the surface. These textures, when glazed and painted over with semi-transparent paints, help to give the feel of leaves and stones. Some of the tree trunks were scraped away with a silicone clay-shaping tool (detail below).

TM8350 May at the Upper Falls 22x24 oil on panel  (detail of tree trunks, water)

TM8350 May at the Upper Falls 22×24 oil on panel (detail of tree trunks, water)

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3 thoughts on “May at the Upper Falls

    • Thank you for your enthusiasm! I’m always so pleased when the paintings really connect with people. For me, it’s a matter of painting places I love and want to be in….

      • It shows.
        For me a painting really comes together when it’s a subject or place I love. So pretty much the same.
        Your paintings are of things I love. Especially the water/ponds.

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