12" x 9" Oil on panel
Watch the journey of this painting.
Take hill and walking, they sound fine together. Hill walking, right? Well, when I looking up what exactly Hill walking was, I came across the term Fell walking.
I Googled Fell walking to see what it was and that is how I stumbled upon our next Traveler Neil's web site.
Neil has a very nice web site that documents his walks with a ton of good info about his walks and trails. Oh and lots of wonderful photos of these journeys.
Neil has done pretty much all the walks you can in the UK. All ending with tired feet and a smile on his face.
And the difference between Fell walking and Hill walking, Fell walking takes place on mountains and Hillwalking, yeah you know.
Another splendid photo from Neil's walk
The views across Derwent Water were great although some of the high fells were obscured by cloud. In front were the Newlands Fells (including Cat Bells, Maiden Moor, High Spy and Dale Head), to our right were the Coledale Fells and Lorton Fells, and in the distance were Bassenthwaite and Keswick. It certainly was a superb panorama.
Travelers painting " Cat Gill Falls" This is a quick paint day for me. The holidays are here and spending a lot of time in my cold studio isn't going to go over well with the family.
The photo I chose to paint from Neil had to be something that I could handle in a few hours and something that I haven't done before.
I've seen a lot of great waterfall shots from Travelers while working on this project, but this one of Neil's just felt different to me. Like something that I might want to paint if I was in hid shoes and standing before the falls, and with the name Cat Gill Falls I had to take a shot at it.
The sketch just a quick warm up and a way to lock in the design for the painting. The design was already there in Neil's photo. a graceful S.
I toned a panel with some thinned out Raw Sienna and whipped out the falls with a paper towel.
The darks are painted in. It looks like I used the same dark for for this stage, but there are at least 4 colors there- just a bad photo.
The structure of the painting is done. Time to paint in some cools to balance it off.
Blocking in, I'm bring in the greens here to get it blocked in quickly.
The Greens are done, more cools are added. Starting to paint in the depth.
Painters Tip: Simple one Cool Colors recede in space and Warm Colors come forward in space. When you put a warm color of the same value against a cool color the warm always comes forward. That's why stop signs are red.
Pretty much blocked in now. time to refine things a bit.
I've been waiting and waiting to put in the flower colors. I wanted to put them in thick and juicy, and didn't want wet paint to mix with them to much. I mixed up a few different shades of the rose color to keep this color from flattening out the painting.
Done. I just went in with the palette knife here and there to finish it up.
12" x 9" Oil on panel