The Finished Painting
This is the time to look more and paint less. I use my mirror a lot to see what if anything, bothers me. My mirror is my best friend while I am painting.
In this final fiddling stage I made the following refinements:
1. Brightened the houses and added some shutters to their windows. Added some more telephone poles and highlighted some stones on the gravel drive.
2. Glazed with a paste of cadmium red light and white over the entire reflections to lighten them. As I said earlier, I had to paint them the same value and color as the landscape, since I had nothing to go by.
3. Added spots of water sparkles in the water to indicated a little waft of breeze.
4. Added foliage with highlights to the bushes in the rocks. Defined some larger rocks.
5. Massed more of the foreground rocks so they didn't looks so fussy. I went to my file of boulders and rocks and used them for reference.
6. Removed two rocks near the gravel path that looked somewhat like sheep.
So, I'm done and am delighted to have this painting finished for the Washington Society of Landscape Painters' summer exhibition at the University of Maryland University College in conjunction with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.