Works of Art

From Ben’s Journal

Gallatin River (Axtell Bridge), Montana

1 – 5:30PM
59 degrees
36 x 48 inches acrylic on polycarbonate

The water was low and clear and had visible rocks running across the entirety of the stream. Burnt sienna sets off the warm undertone of the river with an earth tone gold that is the dominant monochrome for the stream bed. A couple hits of yellow show off the brightness of some of the bright rocks. The balance of the riffle that painting was set up on can be seen through the work. The complementary color scheme of blue with orange has a rhythmic flow to it that allows the eye to move around the piece. The trees above the river create a unique light change that shows the contrast of colors mirroring the river with different shades. The Tearomid fly brush is a great boon to this work with a variety of different colored hits. This painting has a good transition from blue to the lighter rock colors.

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