This week winter entered the picture, with some dramatically cold views. In winter, there’s a heavy quality to the water, as if it, too, didn’t want to get out of bed in the morning. Perhaps it’s the cold temperature of the water, the way it can turn into an icy slush that moves slowly. All I know is that it is wonderfully dramatic and a great challenge.
Technical painting notes: I used a considerable amount of Liquin alkyd medium and Liquin impasto medium mixed into the paints. The more viscous quality of the paint allowed for a sumptuous, thick yet slippery quality in the paint handling. The liquidity emulates the watery subject and gives these small studies the rich surface quality of a fully developed larger paintng.