10.15.2010

At The Cliff's Edge


I have not posted anything in a while. Had a dry period which seems to happen around this time of year. I am drawn to dramatic landscapes and this scene of a lone tree at the top of a cliff appealed to me. As I described in my previous blog, there are these really tall cliffs as one walks along beautiful Kehoe Beach in west Marin, CA. A number of trees have fallen down the cliff and lay at the bottom, along the beach. This watercolor was also an exercise in creating texture and I was rather pleased with the result. The underpainting was raw sienna over which I used a pale Indigo for the sky. For the cliff I used burnt sienna, burnt umber, french ultramarine and sap green. The distant hills are cobalt blue.

12 comments:

  1. Jean this is really nice, my first thought was that Lone Cypress which I did visit when I lived out there.. no haven't heard from you very much, but it must be catching because I've not done too many new works either. good to hear from you though.

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  2. Simply beautiful, I thought you were on Haworth moor as your painting has a feel of Yorkshire moors about it.

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  3. First I thought it was the Lone Cyprus.. lovely colors and mood!

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  4. You certainly captured a mood of a chill in the air and the end of summer. The textures are great. A very dramatic painting!

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  5. Barbra Joan: I'm glad to be back painting. Attending art classes once a week puts the pressure on to paint - which is a good thing I think.

    Caroline: I have never been to Haworth moor but was thinking that I would like to paint the atmospheric scenes of the moors.

    Padmaja: Thanks so much for your comments and for stopping by.

    Eva: Thanks. My intention was for the dramatic cliff and I'm pleased with this piece.

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  6. It has presence. Love your treatment of the sky.

    Glad you're back. Don't you think a dry spell is really a time when your art spirit is rejuvenating?

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  7. A lovely painting and very dramatic. I have a couple of photo's of lone trees like this - I feel inspired to have a go myself.

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  8. This is so incredibly beautiful, a little Japanese, I like everything in it: the subject, the colors, the textures.

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  9. Melinda: You are right about the rejuvenation thing. I think one needs a break every now and then.

    John: I would like to see your painting on the subject. Will visit your blog and check it out.

    Barbara: Thanks for the nice comments. I like that you think it is a little Japanese. That had not occurred to me.

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  10. Dry periods often lead to a new explosion of creativity and productive abundance... this watercolor is a proof of this, Jean, because it is just wonderful! It fascinates me so much, both the subject and the play of wet on wet and of the texture ... I'm glad you're back on the web!

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  11. Jean, this a really powerful piece, and I love the textural effects.

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  12. very sensitive and beautiful painting jean ...thankyou for visiting my blog

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