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This is a bend in our St. Joe river, here. I wanted to try this because the scene was a mixture of  greens.  I painted flat washes for the river and the field behind the shoreline. I used a loose pointillism for the foliage and trees.  I painted this on a half sheet of 90 lb Saunders Waterford cold press.

For another example of a GREEN painting visit Beth Parker’s.


  1. This looks like it was fun to make ! And the effect is spectacular. I love it in large where I can see all the different colors and shapes;

    • Thanks, Isabelle. It was fun to make! I’m glad you took a closer look at it.

  2. Ai Leslie – a riot of colour – I love the reflections in the flat water and the energy in the trees

    • Hi Stephen. Well chosen words. It is exactly a riot. I have so much fun when I do this dot thing that allows colors to run together, that I may get a little carried away.

  3. How did you manage to do pointillism and get the colors to not merge together? I have a awful time with colors running into each other.

    • Excellent question, Littlelynx! If you don’t want the colors to run together too much, use a smaller brush that holds less water. If you want the color to blend then use a larger brush with more water. If I dot or make my leaf shapes on dry paper and move across the page and come back and work the next color, they don’t blend as much. If I paint a small area and start dotting over it while it’s wet, it creates a blending effect. I hope that helps you. If you click on this and look carefully, there is blending going on in the background trees and the foliage on the bank. I tried to lessen that effect as I came to the trees in the foreground.

      • Thank you for the explanation.

      • Your welcome, Little Lynx. Did you get your scanner fixed? I’d love to see some of your journal art.

  4. Love the medley of colors, Leslie, and how the pointillism technique enhances the depth.

    • Thanks, Tom. It’s pretty cool how changes in texture work. You use it with your drawings and I do study those because your simplicity is awesome.

  5. OK. Now I’m going to be reading YOUR comments more closely after your detailed explanation above. Thanks!

  6. Love the water reflection….the effects are captivating…

    • Thank-you, Tracey. I didn’t go back into the water after it dried because I didn’t want that reflection to get messed up and I knew I’d leave stray hard edges, etc. It would end up looking too textured for water. Good eye.

  7. I’m a sucker for details–so that and the colors really thrill me.
    Nice nice work. thank you

  8. I haven’t tried pointillism yet, but this inspires me to give it a try!

    • Hi Ryan. Thank-you for the compliment. I don’t know if you want to try this. I’ve visited your site and think you are painting some pretty amazing pieces with what you are doing.

  9. I love how your method accentuates the texture you would anticipate for the foliage and water.

    • Thanks for visiting sister dear and leaving me such a nice compliment. I should have guessed that you might look at this one awhile due to your love of bright color. Doesn’t it remind you of perhaps like an area around OZ?

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