Down the River came about from a series of photographs taken of a river scene, by using the best angles of each shot and giving the background of bit of light shining through for a little atmosphere. I’m not one to do much painting of dense forests, but the river gave it enough break that I thought that it all the right elements for a good painting.
I began this scene with an acrylic underpainting done in ultramarine blue, giving the surface just enough color that it peeks through the oil pastel in some places. This was a fun experiment – hope you enjoy the results.
The reference was from an image shot by photographer Johnina Payne Young of pmp.