Thanks for the kind comments! No, I don't use any black paint. I suppose I could but mostly I find that if I stir in a mix of my darker colours (with discretion) I usually find the tone I want. But there's nothing wrong with using black paint, except that if I always think in terms of colour and not the lack of it, I look for colour in the shadows as opposed to the lack of light - does that make sense?
Do you mean mediums as in acrylic mediums, or other preliminary things like pencil sketches etc? I do use acrylic medium, but sparingly, and I also do a lot of sketching and refining of the composition. Thanks for your interest
It's a wonderfully striking composition, whilst at the same time being pleasantly subtle. The warm, vivid rock reflection amongst all the cold rocks in shadow kind of reverses the 'water = cold' instinct of people. And needless to say, the brushstrokes are as lush as ever.
Thanks so much for your considered feedback. It's tricky to actually convey the brilliance of the colour I saw. It was almost surreal.And all this light and colour made the shadows almost seem like a different world - cool and muted by comparison. So it struck me as interesting to drop a big dollop of fiery reflection into the cool water - a bit of arty yin & yan I suppose. So glad you like it!
It's so good to see some beautiful work from you again, David. From your painting I can "feel" the atmosphere and "hear" the sounds ... It's a beautiful location. You've captured the strong colours and textures of Central Australia at the best time of day and the "right" time of the year so well !
When I was there, just sitting awhile and soaking it all up was such a profound experience. I'm glad some of that vibe comes across. I painted a lot of short impressions while I was there, and then did this one from memory when I arrived home. That way I was able to draw on a mix of references - brain soak and paint! I am pleased it works for you!