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Find inspiration in the world around you—paint dazzling landscapes from photos of your neighborhood with the help of acrylic artist Susan Stillman.
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Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. This is painted in acrylics on a 16 x 24 inch stretched canvas. I under-painted the background with 3 parts dark green, 1 part burnt sienna and 1 part violet. The water was under-painted with some of this same mix of colors, some aquamarine blue and white gesso....until I got almost a turquoise color. I under-painted the tree trunks with the same dark green color and also used that color to add the back ground trees. The leaves were painted with yellows, oranges and vivid red all mixed with white gesso. The moving water was created with varying degrees of white gesso and either a touch of yellow or orange...using less and less color added to the gesso as I added each layer. The rocks were all under-painted with the same dark green mix with added raw umber and sienna. The main idea was to capture a stream where I use to go fishing in the fall, after a rain. It was a small, deep stream and when it rained higher up in the mountains, it would over flow the banks in places, and this water fall was my favorite place to fish. The painting is done from my memories of it...no photo available.
What are you most proud of? The peaceful feeling I get looking at it and remembering all the great times I had there.