Landscape Study VII
6 x 6 inches
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky
This scene comes from the coastal marshes of the South Carolina Lowcountry. I love the way the water in the marshes often mirrors the sky giving the landscape there a dreamy quality.
A little while ago a reader asked whether I sketched my compositions in pencil before going in with paint. The short answer is no. I just start in with paint. It is only with a complex image, or one that I feel requires more accuracy to the forms, do I sketch it in pencil first. However, I often find that having pencil lines, no matter how miminal, will cause me to tighten up with my painting. One of my goals with these little landscape studies if to paint more intuitively, with more emphasis on expression and less concern for detail. It is something that I hope to carry over into larger works as well.
And there you have my process for painting these little landscape studies. Each image presents its own challenges and I learn something new with each new painting. So as I move from one to the next, my process evolves a little as well. Which is all part of the journey!