I began this landscape with an under painting of quinacridone nickel, a bow tie shape, distributed more or less symmetrically along the width of the paper. I blotted-in the leaves of the trees on the left and the right with Holbein’s Shadow Green, suggesting the droopiness of trees that grow beside bodies of water. (I should research the plant forms that live by the waterside.)
I used Van Dyke brown for the reeds that cross the middle of the composition and darkened the area near the waterline.
I used terra verte, an earth-toned green, for the water next to the reeds. Toward the bottom of the composition, I used cobalt blue for the water. I used vertical brushstrokes to apply very light traces of quinacridone nickel and Shadow Green to paint in the reflections.
I enjoy creating imaginary landscapes. I look forward to creating more adventurous compositions.