After taking the cloudy sky to this point, I started to focus on the water. I laid in the first wash and then worked specific areas to lighten some areas and deepen the horizon. Confession: the level of detail in the water frightens me! I almost did not know where to start. I decided I had to make a decision to start somewhere. I chose to start with the lower left corner of the water– that way I could focus my attention on a specific area and begin to develop some detail and work outward from there. It was a good decision as I could see where it was going. Well, that worked for a while. Then I got a little anxious and wanted to start pushing some paint around. I had more fun painting the water in this manner. I must have applied five layers of glazes. Good to remember: Each glaze has to dry thoroughly before you apply the next – or the second glaze will lift off the first glaze. Really not a good thing!
Then I looked to the foreground and decided to slop some paint around in this area. I knew I had to deepen the under painting. So I played around in this space. The next painting session I will focus on the grasses and fence. Then I will go back into the water. The overall painting is looking darker that it will be… this is part of that awkward stage