It felt as if I was cycling through one of Monet’s od Sisley’s paintings.
The painting shown beside is a tribute to the autumn and to Impressionism.
Early one Sunday morning this fall, I was cycling along the Vecht river. I was struck by the palette of warm orange, rust brown and flaming yellow colors. It was as if the trees were on fire, and all of it was reflecting in the rippling water. I felt like I was biking through one of Monet’s or Sisley’s paintings! I found the topic or motive for my next painting right there.
With this in mind, and building on my experience with similar paintings (see pictures below) I could hardly wait to get started. I usually take a process-oriented, thoughtful and reflective approach, but this time I wanted to paint more directly and dynamically (in the so called wet-on-wet technique) – almost like making a quick charcoal sketch. It was a welcome variation.
The final painting is a result of impressions, imagination and inspiration, but I also incorporated aspects of earlier works with the same motive. Below you can see a few examples of related paintings. (Click on the pictures to see a detail)