Capture the Counterpoint! (Wisteria Gardens)

About this session

Peaceful Light, Running Water (Wisteria Gardens, Parramatta) - An original Australian Landscape by Peter Inglis. © 2018 Peter Inglis
While strolling along the riverbank I was struck by the light cascading down the tree, across the grass and into the quietly flowing water.

I wanted to capture the tranquility and beauty of this simple scene.

But I also wanted to portray the layers of contrapuntal complexity that draw us into a scene such as this.

Trees often display intricate counterpoint. | Stages in painting "Capture the Light (Wisteria Gardens)" - An original Australian Landscape by Peter Inglis. © 2018 Peter Inglis
Trees often display intricate counterpoint.

The deeper you look, the more contrapuntal movement you will see. We choose energetic brush strokes to emphasise this musical movement. In another painting we might choose to stipple, representing intersecting clouds of harmony.

What will we learn in this painting?

  • Counterpoint
  • Luminosity
  • Trees
  • Water
  • Atmospheric perspective
  • Painting from a photograph
  • Perspective
  • Planes

Stages in painting "Capture the Light (Wisteria Gardens)" - An original Australian Landscape by Peter Inglis. © 2018 Peter Inglis
Stage 1: Tonal Sketch, also showing perspective and contours.

Stages in painting "Capture the Light (Wisteria Gardens)" - An original Australian Landscape by Peter Inglis. © 2018 Peter Inglis
Stage 2: Blocking in.

The beautiful palette of colours that we find in this typically Australian scene. Stages in painting "Capture the Light (Wisteria Gardens)" - An original Australian Landscape by Peter Inglis. © 2018 Peter Inglis
The beautiful palette of colours that we find in this typically Australian scene.

Student Paintings

Student painting of "Capture the Light (Wisteria Gardens)" - An original Australian Landscape by Peter Inglis. © 2018 Peter Inglis
An excellent interpretation by Rain, July 2019.

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