Monday 7 August 2017

#213 River Wey, Ripley 10x10"

I painted with the Surrey Hills Plein air painters on Friday, a nice spot, near the lock at Ripley. 
A tricky subject with lots of greens and the boat end obscured by the grasses. Sometimes paintings work from the beginning, others like this painting I was 3/4 through and I still wasn't sure whether it was going to work out. I'm not 100% sure about it, but pleased it's not a disaster! 
It does make a difference with the type of board it's painted on. This was the textured (like sandpaper) gessoed board which some subjects seam to really lend themselves to. 
I'm pleased I continued and didn't give up on it. Every painting is a learning and experience :-)


  1. I am pleased you didn't abandon it! The variety of greens you have captured so well and the water is a perfect shade of murky green. I like the boats peeping out from the greenery, with just enough colour to give a wonderful contrast.

    1. Thank you ebbybow, your encouragement really helps!

  2. I like the stillness of the boats and their reflections contrasted with the strong brushmarks of the surrounding foliage. I know how difficult it is to convey all those different greens and the fall of light upon them but think you have succeeded. A lovely painting.