Distant Woods

SD1913 A Kiss of Spring Step 4

The paint from the previous painting is saved at the left end of my palette. It comes in handy for the woods in the distance.

SD1913 A Kiss of Spring Step 5

The sky is painted first. A mix of Cobalt Blue + White is used for the upper portion. The sky near the tree line is painted with a lighter mixture of Pthalo Blue + White. Next the leftover paint is used for the leafless trees.

SD1913 A Kiss of Spring Step 6

By working wet-into-wet I can keep the top edges of the trees soft. A muted, spring green made of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White is dragged into the gray of some of the distant trees to indicate new growth.

SD1913 A Kiss of Spring Step 7

This is my favorite time of year, a new beginning! I get so excited when the trees begin putting on their new, spring foliage. Jack and I drive around celebrating as we observe the signs of the earth waking up after winter. I don’t know what we’d do if we lived where it really gets cold and snows!

SD1913 A Kiss of Spring Step 8

Fresh grass covers the slopes of the tow path. I can just imagine hearing the clip-clop of a mule pulling a barge along the quiet waters of the Delaware Canal.

SD1913 A Kiss of Spring Step 9

And now for the red bridge…….Mixtures of various proportions of Cadmium Red Deep + Cadmium Red Light + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) are used. A bit of White is added for the highlights. The red looks so nice against the complimentary soft green of the new leaves in the background. Thanks for visiting our studio today. Hope you’ll come back soon. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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One Response to “Distant Woods”

  1. Chris Blanchard Says:

    Wonderful step by step guide! Thanks you. I was out painting spring trees by a canal but wasn’t thrilled with my results – this helps!

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