“Afternoon on Lost Lake”
(Lost Lake ACEC, Oregon Coast)
Oil Sketch on Centurion Oil Primed Linen Panel
with an additional Priming Coat of Rublev Lead White in Oil
5” x 7”
Last post I was telling you about discovering the New River ACEC (Area of Critical Environmental Concern), and Muddy Lake in particular. I thought Muddy Lake could not be improved upon, but I was wrong; Lost Lake ACEC is idyllic in a wilderness, not a pastoral, sort of way. Being from Minnesota, Lost Lake is really more of a long narrow pond to me, but that gives it a more secluded personal feel. There are three points along its length where the water’s edge may be accessed, and the third of these is the best. I spent four days painting here.
I viewed the different directions from the small area of shore and decided on this view to the north; the Ocean would be to the left several hundred yards away, out of the trees and over some sand dunes. I set up my painting gear and proceeded to lay down a Venetian Red imprimatura, and then a block-in of the major shapes of the composition with Ultramarine Blue mixed with a touch of Venetian Red. Over this I applied a colour layer on the simple shapes of the block-in, so that there was now a simply modeled colour composition, with little detail. The next afternoon I refined and corrected these shapes, and added details, bringing the painting to a satisfactory conclusion. I use the term detail advisedly since there is no detail compared to many of my Watercolours, and being ware that for many Plein Aire painters, it will be too detailed; it is the direction I am striving for, as you will be aware having read “The Journey” tab. The rest of the colours used were Cerulean, Cobalt & Ultramarine Blues, Yellow Ochre, Venetian Red, and Cremnitz White, with a very little Cadmium Yellow & Cadmium Yellow Pale for the brighter greens.
The whole time I was working there were about a half a dozen Cedar Waxwings flitting from tree trunk to tree trunk, catching insects, sometimes almost hovering like hummingbirds in their attempts to capture them; I was unaware of this habit since those that I had seen in Oklahoma over the Winter before last, mainly fed on berries, it seemed. A pair of Kingfishers also did their Kingfisher things, and a noisy Wren scolded me on occasion; the odd Turkey Vulture rode the wind overhead, reminding me that the coastal “breezes” were still there, and why I was here. Other wildlife including Dragonflies and Damselflies went about their business. I am always amazed at what appears when you are quietly painting away in the woods; it felt like Eden.