“By the Waterway” 10″ x 8″ oil on canvas
Painting by a body of water is probably one of my most favorite things to do when I have the opportunity. There are aspects of a lake, ocean and river that provide a measure of tranquility that runs deep.
This oil painting was inspired by a creek that runs underneath Schofield Ford Covered Bridge in Tyler State Park in Bucks County, PA. I visited there earlier in the summer and painted a view of the bridge but also took a bunch of photos of the surrounding area. What usually happens for me is that I end up having two vista’s that I’m drawn to but time only to paint one so the photo’s I keep for potential studio work.
“By the Waterway” is a studio landscape from one of my photo’s. What drew me in was the way the landscape weaved back into the horizon. It was a very welcoming and engaging arrangement of land and water. The small strip of land was a highlight and nothing more than a patch of sunlit soil with a warm glow that I imagine disappears under water with more rain.
How I approached the painting was to examine the subtle and not so subtle shapes. While there was a lot of vegetation and green among the plants and trees which can be intimidating, I found a broad range of hues to work with. Texture in the landscape was abundant and simplified with a small suggestion being kept in the foreground.
I hope you enjoy your experience with this piece.