The March Challenge, between myself and Mick Carney www.thepaintingstruggle.blogspot.com/ was my choice. I realised recently I had neglected my landscape painting, leading to a deterioration, and with the plein air season looming chose a typical scene at my local Keynsham park.
River Chew Keynsham Park
This isn't an easy subject just look at all the clutter. The object always is to simplify, but the urge to copy what is in front of you, especialy from photographs, is hard to resist. I'm getting better but suffer relapses!
First Attempt Keynsham Park 16" x 12" 140lb (300gm) Centenaire Not
This was overworked, particularly the reflections, although I thinks it looks better on here than the actual painting, which is unusual as it's usually the other way round. I rejected it and tried again.
Final Attempt Keynsham Park 16" x 12" 140lb (300gm) Centenaire Not
This is simplified compared to the first one. I have attempted to alternate warm and cool throughout with mixed success.
Colours used include Cerulean Blue, Quinacridone Rust (Graham PO48), Hookers Green (Graham), Sap Green (Daniel Smith), Quinacridone Gold (Daniel Smith PO49), Gold Ochre (W & N PY43), Raw Sienna, Raw Umber plus darks from Q Rust/Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue. I'm not absolutely sure what else. I must start making a note of the colours as I paint.
Brushes the usual with the Isabey 6228 Size 8 Kolinsky to the fore.