Texture and value

I went out today with only a small sketch kit, not intending to paint anything large because of the haze, but when I saw this scene near the lake I couldn’t resist using some good paper. I had no large palette or brushes with me but I managed to eke out a quarter sheet with what I had, which was a travel palette and some good travel brushes. 

The scene was a study in values and texture. The far side of Okanagan Lake has disappeared into the haze, and even the near side is hardly visible, so I painted in layers, getting lighter and less detailed as objects moved away from me. Painted on Arches 140lb rough paper on a picnic table near Cedar Creek Park. 

24 Comments on “Texture and value”

  1. Soni McFarland says:

    That is hazy !!! Good job handling that in such subtle layers


  2. This is truly brilliant! The work appears to be a quick impressionist sketch but has so many wonderful layers. I’d be curious as to what paints and brushes comprise your “small sketch kit”. I’d also be interested in another course series that shows some of your techniques for quick sketches.

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  3. Wayne Bissky says:

    Wonderful. I enjoyed your last posting with reference to Sargent. I see it here.


  4. Dee Ludwg says:

    Beautiful record of a very sad time. So happy you did it!


  5. Carol King says:

    Wow! This is gorgeous.


  6. Mary says:

    Amazing work – I can literally almost smell the smoke in the air. Beautiful job of layering.


  7. This scene is amazingly beautiful. How wonderful nature is. Great job!


  8. Alison says:

    I love the gestural quality and depth.


  9. So much depth and colors very well done


  10. Chris Rusk says:

    Very moving.


  11. melissa van ness says:

    I agree with Mary. She can almost smell the air & I can taste it. Good for you for sitting out & painting (so beautifully) in that. I bet your eyes were burning when you were through.


  12. Like an old Chinese painting


  13. Judy Sopher says:

    This is lovely if that is a word that should be used for such a devastating event. But I agree-you can smell the smoke. I also agree with Stephen Brigham that another course would be great.


  14. Bernadette says:

    This painting has to be another one of my favorites. The muted tones are so eloquently placed. It is an emotional piece, beautifully done. Thank you for sharing.


  15. Carol Cooney says:

    Oh my gosh, this is an exceptional painting. I just love it.


  16. kiramatkhan says:

    this is beautiful love it


  17. The HAZE ..wow..I think it’s the first haze of yours I have seen.


  18. janewright2017 says:

    love the way it pulls you in


  19. Beautiful! You nailed the hazy look! I remember being in the Sedona area when there were fires in the Southwest quite a while ago and the smoke gave everything a yellow look. The sunsets and sunrises were gorgeous. Quite a different effect from clear skies.


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