The Babbling Brook

Today we’ll work on the rocks and babbling brook. My color is laid out on my palette, a sheet of 1/4 inch glass over a white shelf board. This unit is placed on top of a kitchen or culinary cart with 2 shelves underneath that provide a handy place for my extra tubes of paint. The mixes are #1. Three shades of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Ultramarine Blue + White. #2. Several combinations of Cadmium Orange + MUD + White. #3. Two mixtures of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. #4. Cobalt Blue + White. #5. Mix #3 + MUD + White. #6. Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + White. The little dab of blue is leftover from the Bluebonnets.

After blocking in the stream the reflections of the rocks are pulled, straight down, into the wet paint. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

Well……I had a great video of painting the rocks. At least I thought I did until I went to the camera to stop filming. Much to my dismay I discovered I’d forgotten to push the START BUTTON! OPPPSS!!!! My kitties, Molly and Sissie, must think I’m crazy talking to myself. They certainly do give me a funny look sometimes! Anyway, the rocks have been painted and now the water in the middle pond is added. Some of the blue reflects up onto the sides of the boulders.

The lower pond is painted with the rock colors. Then brushstrokes of the #3 mixtures are pulled horizontally into the water near the base of the waterfall. More of the browns are left in the foreground to give the impression of rocks under the surface of the shallow water.

The breaking edge of the water as it cascades over the rocky falls is highlighted with pure White. 

The canvas, attached to the cardboard backing, is placed in Jack’s desk chair. This makes the lower edge easier to paint. You can see how having the canvas on the cardboard allows me to handle the wet painting with ease. If you’d like to see how I fixed the canvas to the backing CLICK HERE.

I don’t know about you but I’m ready to go dangle my toes in that cool water. It got into the mid 90’s here in Texas today! And some good news, I got my new website up and running at Still have some construction work to do on several pages, writing and adding images, but take a look anyway! Just CLICK HERE.  HUGS,

2 Responses to “The Babbling Brook”

  1. Deb Haney Says:

    I love, love, love, love, love this!!!!!! Everything about it!!!!!

  2. Angelica Says:

    I love this painting…it takes me home!

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