|The finished painting|
Geoff encouraged us toward a looser style and the omission of too much detail.
Two things particularly impressed me with the demonstration were:  the use of a very limited palette (I think he used only Ultramarine, Burnt Sienna and Raw Umber);  the light that seems to shine out of this picture.
Geoff had done his drawing in advance and had applied masking fluid to the trunks of the foreground birches. The images that follow show the progress of the painting.
|Masking fluid has been applied to tree trunks|
|A wash of Ultramarine is added|
and some pigment lifted out to create a light
area in the centre
|We begin to see the river banks|
|Yes, this is upside down|
It's easier to get a straight line
where the sky meets the far bank
|Ultramarine is darkened with Burnt Sienna|
and washed in to indicate distant trees
|More trees have appeared. Trunks on these distant trees|
are indicated using the rounded edge of a credit card.
|Reflections begin to appear|
|Paint will run back into the scraped out trunks|
and make them appear dark if done
when the paint is wet
|Darker paint is added to the foreground banks|
in a loose manner
|Notice how the illusion of grass on the left bank|
was created by the way the tree reflections
have been brought down towards the bank
|The masking fluid has gone and some dark branches are|
indicated using a rigger. Start from the trunk and reduce
the pressure as to make sure they taper towards the tips
|Lighter colour is used to indicate branches at the far side of the trees|