My fifth oil painting, on 30x40cm cardboard canvas as the previous ones. It took like 10 hours with many breaks. I was quite unsatisfied with my last one and wanted to try many things after a retrospective and following the Q&A of the related Joy of Painting episode, and having fun making the canvas a playground for experiments.
Because the canvas board absorbs the magic white, I did three layers of it during the painting; sky, river and rocks areas. It seems to work a little bit better and did not lead me to use a lot of solvant later. I'll finish my stock of boards still, maybe priming it before with acrylic on my next paintings.
Clouds were easier to make with a grease on the board. I did the mountains with 1 and 2" brushes only since I am still unconfortable with a too small and flexible knife. Quite happy with the emerald result, looking like Vercors. Later painted clouds blended up nicely too.
I still need to work on the relief effect with plans of bushes. A lot of color, but I can do better with values and contrast to suggest more depths. When I realized that, I dropped the two evergreens and small branches around.
Even with the idea of rocky edges in the foreground before painting, I used the darkness and its space to reinforce the impression of depth. Issue was, it looked too oppressant, with unused emptiness on the top of the painting. Remembering that silhouetttes tend to get darker closer to the observer, I figured that one more colored and cheerful tree can do the job. Hence the cherry blossom tree on the left, which I tried to suggest the flowers by mixing the colors on the brush.
Hope you enjoyed my way of thinking. I am looking forward to hearing your feedback on this one, thanks! :)