- When landscape painting, you need to tailor your style, technique, and tools for the environment and conditions. In this case, a clear day means crisp colors and clear reflections in the water. I painted with direct brushwork and distinct colors.
- I used rich blues for the water at the bottom of the painting. Almost pure ultramarine blue and cobalt blue. I rarely use such strong colors but it was how it looked in life.
- Texture in the foreground suggests detail and activity, particularly on the left which is catching more light. More light=more clarity=more texture.
- The plants on the left side are similar in value to the light water. This is an example of value simplification.
- I used simplified brushwork for the trees in the back, drawing inspiration from Edgar Payne.