Creek After Rain

Creek After Rain

Creek After Rain

Again, I wasn’t quite happy with this one. Straddling two stepping stones in the middle of the creek, I had 20 minutes to do this one so of course I again dived right in without planning. Luckily the composition came out ok but the colours are over the top. So hard to capture the combination of greens with the deep shadows of purply red. Apparently the human eye can discern more shades of green than other colours. Aside from that fact it is no wonder Arthur Streeton didn’t like far North Queensland. If you study his paintings, even the ones based in Sydney, the foliage is pretty much brown, and yet Sydney near the coast doesn’t do brown. It’s vivid tropical green. His parents lived for a while in a house not far from this creek and he came to the area but I don’t think he ever did any paintings here which is no wonder. Easier to make a coherent colour palette with browns rather than vivid greens. Here it is toned.

Creek After Rain, toned

1 Comment

  1. Actually it’s not that Arthur Streeton didn’t like North Queensland, it’s just he didn’t find it inspiring to paint and even in the painting he did of Kuranda Gorge he has toned down the greens to brown shades.

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