Quiet Afternoon at the Pond is a view on a typical summer day – undisturbed. During one of my last photo shoots at the pond a wonderful goose did some posing for me. I inserted him into the lower right of the painting, looking much as he did when he said good-bye to me. That’s one of the pleasures of visiting the pond regularly – getting to know (and sometimes recognize) the wildlife inhabitants. The goose also reinforces the peaceful feeling as he floats calmly away. Details below. Enjoy.
Technical painting notes: With mid-summer, the issue is what to do with all those greens? And the answer is mix as many variants as you can, ranging from warm to cool, saturated to grayed. I used the glow of warmth from the bottom of the pond, along with the blue in the sky (and reflected in the pond) to contribute to the chromatic range of the painting. Transparent glaze is another way to modulate the color.