Embankment between Sky and River

We went to paint at the Old Mission Dam in San Diego’s Mission Trails Park. The sky was cloudy, the San Diego River was flowing, and there was a lot of movement in the sky and water, which I caught well enough to be satisfied. There was also a steep hill rising several hundred feet. It was a gorgeous morning, and I painted happily away.

Unhappily though, the painting did not do justice to the scene. The hill as I originally painted it was large, static, dominating, and wrong. After some thought, I lowered the sky, replaced much of the hill with yellow grassland, and made it curve and move a bit into the sky. I like this much better, but it is no longer a view of the landscape at the Old Mission Dam.

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6 Responses to Embankment between Sky and River

  1. Andy Walker says:

    Wow, such movement in the painting – it’s great! Reminds me a little of van Gogh!

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    • Thanks, it reminds me of Van Gogh too.

      I snipped up some fan brushes and have been enjoying all the new and different marks that the brushes make. Yesterday, I also used a highly textured paper and that added more dimension to the marks. I went wild with the interpreting the movement of the sky and creek and am excited to see what else I can do with the brushes and paper this week.


  2. I think it’s gorgeous and a place I’d love to visit wherever or not it may be. !!!

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  3. Marty says:

    I love the undulating grasses and water. So much movement!wonderful!


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