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Painting this landscape was based on the feeling of serenity. I wanted to capture a feeling of atmosphere and a safe haven. Having paddled to this location before, it was far enough away from civilization that we knew it would be a quiet experience where our creativity and solitude would not be interrupted.
My Design Strategy
I chose this composition after my wife and I arrived at this perfect campsite. Upon awaking early in the morning, I waited for the fog to lift. Creating some pencil sketches knowing exactly what I wanted, using the rule of thirds, I quickly pulled out a small canvas to get the colours exact. I wasn’t too worried about the perfect drawing or the placement of anything. Getting the colours in place was pertinent.
My Working Process
My working process always starts with a base colour; in this case it was the mid-grey. Creating a blend in oils using large soft brushes, the sky and water were painted, working from top to bottom. Blending in the foliage slightly over the sky, drawing the trees and foreground in with dark browns and greens. Working from dark to light, the painting started to take form. The light areas were added. The fog was added after the painting was dry, so if I made a mistake, it could safely be wiped off. The masking tape was removed from the area where the canoe was going to be parked, adding the foliage in and the rich cadmium red, which helped make it pop!
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