Monday, September 27, 2010

Watercolor Landscape



This is a watercolor I did last night.
George Inness is the best friend I never met.

8 comments:

  1. Do you have the size of the painting Gregory and the paper it was painted on. The sky looks interesting I am not sure if the paper you are using is coloured or perhaps a pastel paper. Did you lift the colour out of the sky. There are some lovely effects in the painting and the tree is beautiful. Great atmosphere. I hope to be painting some trees soon it is never easy to create a simple tree within an atmospheric scene.

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  2. Hi Caroline, the size of the painting is 7"x9".
    The paper is Arches hot press 140#.
    After creating the sky with lemon yellow and burnt umber and lifting I then moved onto the land portion using a full palette while allowing a burgundy color to dominate the trees.
    While the paper is damp I touch the paper with color and allow a response to occur. It is more like watching it appear. Good to have a clear picture in your head at this point or at least an idea. I also mass in the ground plane pushing back and forth until brush stokes take over. When I feel I am getting close to my image I allow it to dry somewhat to the point of a slight dampness in areas and dry in some areas. Then I use water to paint the trunk and branches that I want. I dont lift yet I give it about 20 seconds then I lift and wipe until the lights appear. Then I re establish any dark accents and let the whole thing dry.
    The burgundy is made with sepia and cad red.
    Sepia is a great dark and mixes very well with other colors to create some lovely subtleties in tone.
    You may want to consider a watercolor medium that allows your colors to resond with equality to each other. I think that those trees you want to paint would be much easier.
    Thanks for taking a look.

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  3. Lovely work, Gregory. I enjoyed reading about your process as well. Part of the strength in this piece for me is that sense of intuitive exploration coming through.

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  4. Thank you so much Brian. Intuitive exploration was definitely the name of the game for this one.

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  5. Thank you Gregory, I am very surprised to read that you are using hot press paper for your atmospheric landscape. I have been using that paper for my flower painting and it is interesting to note that different brands of paper will take water better than others.

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  6. That is so true. Finding the paper that lends itself best to your ideas is half the battle

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