School: Eagle River High School
For me, most of my life has been around water, docks and greenery. This painting represents the nostalgia, the history and the appreciation of my lifes past. Sketching a few drafts on a piece of paper to get the perspective right was how I approached the painting, then using water soluble oils to paint a light sketch on the canvas with a light grey color made out of blue and brown colors. All of the colors were mixed not using one color straight out of the tube in order to really capture the unique colors in the scene. I tried to avoid using black or at least use it as little as possible with the exception of the dock. As a substitute, I used a very dark purple. To create the darker values of colors I would use their contrast to really give variety to the colors as to not make the natural beauty of nature seem common, but give it a sort of individuality to each color and paint. Throughout the time it took to paint the scene I tried to make it look like something that would give people a feeling of comfort and peace, like you would if you went hiking or getting ready to go out on water. I am very glad I found a scene that could follow my vision, and I feel I captured the nostalgic feeling well. When I look at this painting I feel like I could have possibly been there or even go there. It is a good representation of where I’ve been, and where I just might go.