Finally got through this one. I had to use many tools – acrylics, papers, pencil, conte crayon, brushes, fingers, sandpaper, scouring pads, sponges – whatever was near! All were needed to build layers and scrape to show lower layers. I think you could call this ‘mixed media’.
South Slough Path I (Detail)
After a visit to South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) – some hiking, sketching, noting, and pic-taking – am ready to get started on a fun series of the area.
One more experimental drawing before moving into a series of works dealing with a musical (sounds) theme. This graphite drawing was intended to be abstract but, somehow, nature crept its way into the forefront and took over as river (moving & resting), vegetation, and trees. The moving river is horizontal and the resting waters are the vertical, soft portion.
Adding slightly more detail which actually will be more background – especially with the tideland horizontal painting. The vertical ‘backyard forests’ backgrounds are more fore showing through after scratching in trees and brush.
Finally going to let it feel finished! Thanks for all the positive and constructive input – all very good and applied. Softened the back, left dark trees & reflections; threw in a few ripples, and did some more translucent layering (glazing) over parts of water surface.