Here is the first painting I completed since the workshop I took in January. The subject is the Little Carp River in the Porcupine Mountains in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The water there is brown due to the tannins in the water. That is also true of Hickory Creek here in southwest Chicagoland…and from what I recall, it is the Oak trees that seep tannins into the creek through their roots. Tannins are also what can help to make red wine so delicious!
I tried to keep certain things in mind when working on this painting – applying the concepts I learned in the workshop – looking for the lightest lights and darkest darks, as well as finding cools and warms in light and shadow.