Swan Pond

swan pond by robert

An exercise in sgraffito where the underpainting is revealed by scratching into the surface.

Robert has been painting for around a year and a half. This was an unusual choice of image but works really well in oils. An earthy palette of mostly yellow ochre and umber. A good sense of depth and distance, along the flat still waters.


~ by David Reid on May 10, 2014.

2 Responses to “Swan Pond”

  1. Really like this effect. Seems really close to nature. Must take a lot of forethought re different under paintings. Unless, maybe just the grasses / reeds etc done by scratching through?


  2. Hi Harry, agree with you, it is so organic. The technique was quickly done with scratches through only one layer of paint! I think it only took two sessions to finish. Hope your well, David

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