Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Rollin Down The River
Last month, I and two other Sacramento artists, were invited by a local gallery to take a trip on a vintage Chris Craft down the Sacramento River to sketch and take reference photos for future art works that will be displayed and on sale at the gallery this August. The idea is to paint views from the river as opposed to from the shore. This painting hot off my easel is from a photo I took as we approached the confluence of the Sacramento and American rivers about 6 miles north of Sacramento. The bridge crosses the American River and the old water inlet structure is on the Sacramento River. I first did a loose sketch on MDF board (8"X34") and laid in a rough sky color and ochre color I saw in the water. Next came a rough laying in of tree highlights/shadows and the sky reflecting off the water. Next was a little more fine tuning on the trees, a darkening of foreground river tone to contrast with the lighter water at the confluence. I also painted in the bridge structure. The next to last stage shows some dabs to represent people wading in the water and the beginning of refining reflections in the foreground. The top painting is the final with enough refinements for me to say to myself " David, put the brush down!"