Morning Reaches the Pond

TM8555 Morning Reaches the Pond 36x44 oil on panel

TM8555 Morning Reaches the Pond 36×44 oil on panel

As work continues on the pondscape series, I find myself drawn to the more subtle light and intricate reflections of early morning. Morning Reaches the Pond looks at the tangle of brush and trees reflected in the water not too long after dawn. I chose to not paint the duckweed or floating debris this time, but to concentrate on reflections and the various conditions of the water – ripples, riffles, and the sheen of luminous morning light. In some ways this is my most abstract pondscape. There are fewer recognizable “facts” to orient the viewer. I more consciously worked to preserve the textures and accidents of the base layer – to let them intersect with observable conditions in and on the water. The result is tapestry-like and mysterious,  closer to my goal of finding the spirit of the pond. I’ve included a number of close-up details below. Enjoy!

TM8555 Morning Reaches the Pond - detail from upper left with reflections and riffles

TM8555 Morning Reaches the Pond – detail from upper left with reflections and riffles

TM8555 Morning Reaches the Pond - detail showing layers, use of additive and subtractive techniques

TM8555 Morning Reaches the Pond – detail showing layers, use of additive and subtractive techniques

TM8555 Morning Reaches the Pond - detail from right of center

TM8555 Morning Reaches the Pond – detail from right of center

TM8555 Morning Reaches the Pond - detail from lower right showing layered textures and use of transparent pigments

TM8555 Morning Reaches the Pond – detail from lower right showing layered textures and use of transparent pigments

Technical painting notes: As can be seen from the detail shots above, the interplay between transparent, semi-transparent, and touches of opaque paint form a recurring theme throughout the painting. The initial layer (put down with a soft rubber roller and monoprint techniques) provided all the textures and linear gestures of reflected woods. Layered glazes established the major colors and tones. Layered, semi-transparent light tones “carved” the sky into the pond. I painted onto a glazed, wet surface to achieve the soft edges, and used soft watercolor brushes. Small additive strokes suggest movements on the water, and slivers of opaque paint provide tiny jolts of color and perhaps suggest some of the floating pine needles I always find at the site.

 

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8 thoughts on “Morning Reaches the Pond

  1. So inspiring.

    I’ve been browsing through your work and am in awe. At the risk of sounding overly enthusiastic, this kind of painting is what motivates me to improve.

    Your work, the quality and variety of brush stroke, the strong sense of place… so powerful.

    I really appreciate the working notes at the end of each post, really helpful and informative.
    I wish I could see them in real life.

    • Thank you for your kind words. I’m so glad you are enjoying the site. We all get inspired when we find some good painting….I’ll try to keep up my end!

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