copy of "Lackawanna Valley" by George
Inness. - oil on canvas. This is a freehand copy from
a small reproduction in a book, except I added the
two boys in the foreground. I just wanted to try a
landscape and this was a nice one. This is a pretty
faithful copy in feeling but I didn't worry about
getting every tree stump in the foreground or little
building or tree in the background. It worked out OK.
The coloration of the distant mountains was hard (going
from a reproduction there's no telling what the real
color should be) and I found it hard to get a variety
and colors of green that successfully stood out (and
stuck to one another wet on wet) from one another to
make the trees real. The little train and the colors
in the smoke are my favorite part.
There's a funny
story here - when vacationing in the Poconos for a wedding
anniversary, I noticed as we drove northward in Pennsylvania that
the line of hills in the distance looked a lot like those in this
painting. Just then I passed the road sign for the Lackawanna
Valley. I had no idea.