I laid out this painting in a value study first using markers. I followed the photo closely since the composition was pretty good as is. I decided to make the background very simple. During the painting, I did experiment with suggesting more bushes and trees along the bank, but it seemed too busy and unnecessary. Right now I'm inclined to leave it as is. We'll see.
I concentrated on strong color and heavy paint and bush strokes in the focus of interest - the kayak and paddler. The rest of the painting was done with transparent colors and left very smooth and thin.
|Kayaking in the Slough Oil on 12" x 24" stretched canvas|