I made more headway with the picture of the stream last night. Above you can see the progress. I am really enjoying this painting. My feeling that I needed to do something more energetic was right. I am really getting into laying the paint down freely – no washes, no fine brushes – just daub it on… well almost.
The underpainting in this piece is in burnt umber. I then painted on the rocks using a lot of black and the hidden submerged stones in more burnt umber, ochre, phthalo blue and raw sienna. That was in the last session. Now I covered the stones in phthalo blue mixed with white and then washes of burnt umber and phthalo blue. I beefed up the rocks in black, white and hints of (you guessed) burnt umber and phthalo blue.
I then worked on the highlights in more titanium white, added the foliage (light green) and finally went back over the water with burnt umber to prepare for the next layer of white and give depth.
More in the next few days.