Works of Art

From Ben’s Journal

Shields River (Brackett Creek Bridge), Montana

3/2/20
11:30AM – 3:30PM
45 degrees
36 x 48 inches acrylic on polycarbonate

The Shields River was partially frozen over but still allowed for a prime spot to paint. The left side of the painting had concentrated hits that represent the riffles in the river and bigger hits on the right side to represent the slower part of the tail end of the hole upstream. There were partial clouds coming over the hills and one of the most intriguing parts of the river translated into the painting is a crimson violet color that would shimmer on the far side of the stream. Orange was a dominant color on the bottom streambed and could be seen throughout the width of the waterway. There is a strong diagonal of orange and gold slashing into the riffles of the painting and a loose triangle of rocks in the center of the piece to create more depth to the work.

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