Oil on canvas, 36" x 60" Private collection
Exhibited: Sorelle Gallery, Westport, Connecticut
I am always drawn to the calming interaction of land and water at the lake. This oil was made from a photo and it contained considerably more detail - nice to have it, but the point of the oil is simplicity.
Rather than use the colors of the photo, I opted for a tranquil, blue effect. There are a lot of blues here and they are limited to certain parts of the painting in order to preserve their power and unique effect. Once the oil began to take shape, lights and darks were increased for depth and interest.
Just a touch of green and the red/darks provided a sense of realism to the right land form, setting it apart from the etheric left side. In the end, the aquas slightly glimmering in the water and the yellow / purple sky in the far distance lift the somber blue mood and allow the eye to move through the scene.