When it comes down to it, value (range of darks and lights) is essential to any kind of drawing and painting and that is not different in landscape painting. So, here are some of my drawings from the beginning of class. Here we were looking at drawing the values of moving water and still water, while rendering reflections accurately. Learning to "see" what is really there is one of the things I talk to my classes about continually as they learn to draw. That's no different in this scenario... learning to see! Even if its moving! (It takes a lot of practice!)
|Klein Creek, 8x10 Oil on Canvas|
We also needed to do a painting of still water. There's a small local lake nearby and it was here by Lake Ellyn, that I found that quiet space to create another painting. The reflections in this painting were quite different from the reflections in moving water (above).
|Quiet Water, 12x9" oil on linen panel|
|Herrick Lake, 8x10" oil on gessoed panel|