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Thursday, January 08, 2009

Prallsville Winter

"Prallsville Winter"
6x8 oil on panel


This is one of my last paintings from 2008, looking down the towpath of the Delaware & Raritan Canal at Prallsville Mills in Stockton, NJ. I paint a lot of small ones, but this one is a bit smaller than usual for me at 6x8 inches.

I was also trying something a bit different: instead of toning the panel lightly with yellow ocher as I usually do, this one was toned pretty darkly with a grayed down burnt sienna. It was the perfect base for the background trees, and I also liked how it worked for me in the sky, which was a pleasant surprise. The bits of gray/brown peeking through in the sky were good for suggesting small branches of the foreground trees against the sky. It's good to break your old habits and try something new once in a while.

1 comment:

  1. This is gorgeous - great background color on the trees. I also liked the blue shadow in the foreground counter to the warm buildings.

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