Morning Light

I wanted to try a very limited palette to create a mood painting. I used mostly raw sienna and paynes grey with a little burnt umber in the foreground. I got the idea for this color scheme from one of my John Blockley books. He does lovely mood landscapes, especially when painting English country cottages. He is a master at creating mood in his paintings.

Thank you Saundra for the sunshine blog award. I found it really difficult to choose who to pass this award to. That got me thinking and I would like to award it to all of the artists that follow my blog. They are all unique and deserving of this award. Thank you all for following my blog.

UPDATE: I took this watercolor to class today and Jerry's only comment (and I knew he was going to say this) was that with all the horizontal planes it needed a vertical plane to create tension and interest. While I get the point of this, I was aiming more at atmosphere and felt a large vertical would detract from the serenity of the watercolor. He covered my painting with a piece of perspex and drew in a near tree, which confirmed my feelings. I don't think I will take the advice this time.


  1. This is beautiful.I love the limited palete too - I think that helps the brooding and dark mood. I can almost hear Heathcliffe!

  2. Jean, I like this. It reminds of my neck of the woods and subject matter I might attempt to paint.

  3. What a team those two colors make! And one can create endless muted greens with them too!

  4. I've just been 'driving' around on Google Streetview to find a scene to paint for the Virtual Paintout, which is in Stavanger, Norway for the month of March. Around Stavanger there are no end of wonderful landscapes which would be absolutely spectacular painted in your exquisite, moody style. Hope you'll give it a try.

  5. This is super Jean! Love the limited palette and the scope and space of the painting is wonderful.

  6. the patch of land and the far away hills make good impact through this painting...
    very good technique...

  7. Anonymous8:32 AM

    Gillian: Thanks very much for the nice comments.
    Brent: Glad you like this one.
    Marie: I agree about these colors. I have really come to like them.
    Charlene: I checked out Stavanger, lovely place. Bookmarked it.
    Liz: Thanks so much. I'm glad you feel the sense of space worked.
    Jyothisethu: Thanks for the nice comments.

  8. You've created a wonderful mood here, and I agree that it doesn't need any additions.
    Once again, your painting has offered a challenge to me. I like limited palette exercises, but I don't own any of the colors you've used. Might be interesting to try a similar mood with different colors and subject matter...

  9. Anonymous7:24 PM

    Thanks Mineke. I agree it would be interesting to try different colors to create mood paintings.

  10. Very nice. Congratulations!
    Daniel D. Peaceman

  11. Jean I love your simple and calming watercolors. I agree with you on keeping this painting just as it is. Nature doesn't always add a "vertical" :) The colors are very soothing to me~~~

  12. You certainly captured a mood in this painting. A tree? I agree with you. Don't fix what's not broken.


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