Updated: Aug 23
Debbie is a fantastic nice lady I met last year in San Francisco. Talking about paintings and reference pictures she graciously sent me a picture of the view off her back porch ... lucky Debbie!
Like the Peppers, this was also painted very much "alla prima", starting with a totally untreated background on a cardboard-for-oils A4.
It took a couple of days as I wanted to layer up a little to avoid mudding the colours when adding the trees in the foreground.
Cobalt Blue hue
Oxide of Chromium
Cadmium Yellow hue
Cadmium Red deep hue
Medium: "alla prima"
2 parts Turpentine
4 parts Liquin
2 parts Damar Varnish
2 parts Linseed Oil
This is where I started:
As you can see that was pretty basic, I just wanted to anchor the river shore and the distant mountain.
I then took the courage to put in the big tree on the left, not caring too much about the foliage at this point:
Although still quite basic, it was starting to take shape, but it did indeed need the trees on the left to complete the composition, and I took the "winter to summer approach", planning on adding the leaves later:
And here is the finished painting, where I finished the canopy and dressed the trees on the right, while highlighting a little more the yellow flowers.
Today this painting is happily hanging on my loving aunty and uncle's wall.