Spring and spring landscapes are a big temptation and a source of frustration for painters…trouble is spring foliage does drive people to tears! Unless you do not care and just love to dabble happily with your colours as I did on this beautiful sunny morning in the woods. The fresh greens of spring are overwhelming to say the least. I wanted to capture the impression of getting a shower of green from all sides somehow no matter what.
A couple of things went terribly wrong as usual, but, may be not visible for everybody, I was gifted with a number of ideas and inspirations how I could go on further in coming days with putting down thin layers of colour instead of fully opaque brush strokes. Perhaps I should mention that I use ca. 500 ml of water during each session, about 2/3 of that I guess will end up on the paper.
This almost monochrome green hell is nevertheless also a study in contrast. Those amorphous colour splashes contrast with the clear shapes of the two dominating trees, which at the same time are in a quantity contrast too. The second little trick is the contrast between the big trunks in the front and the distant,small ones in the background on the right.