11.23.2010

Winter's Day





We have had a few storms and some really cold days in Northern California this past week. Thought I would try to capture this in another atmospheric watercolor. I used an underpainting of lemon yellow and when it was dry I painted the clouds with indigo mixed with burnt sienna and a little raw sienna in the foreground. Size is 13.5" x 10".

16 comments:

  1. WOW Jean! This is one of my all time favorites of yours! LOVE the atmosphere...love the tree...just gorgeous!

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  2. Thanks Saundra: I almost did not post this because I thought it was too cold looking. My husband liked it and said I should so I did.

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  3. Well I'd say you made a good palette choice not to mention you rendering ... It looks
    just like some of my days in Fremont. !

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  4. Jean, this could be a painting of Scotland! your tree is wonderful very well painted and the tonal painting is really beautiful with lots of atmosphere. Very interesting to read about the colours you are using on the washes too. We have a covering of snow here today!

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  5. What a change from your 'Fall Colors' 10 days ago -- You've captured those ominous clouds (very much like ours the last couple of days) spectacularly! Always appreciate your colour notes -- you make it sound so simple...

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  6. Very stormy! As Charlene said, when you mention your layer of colors, it seems simple... but not to be when attempted!

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  7. Lovely painting...I just love the sky Jean

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  8. Barbra Joan: Thanks for your comments.

    Caroline: I only saw Scotland in the summertime so did not experience a winter there. Would love to spend more time there. Love the Scottish countryside. You are so lucky to have such wonderful subjects to paint.

    Charlene: Yes it is very different from "Fall Colors" - not my usual palette. I wish more bloggers would include the colors they use. It's interesting to know.

    Padmaja: This was done fairly quickly. One cannot agonize over clouds, or they don't come out well.

    Karen: Thanks for visiting and for your nice comment.

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  9. Oh, it's wonderful, Jean! A gorgeous sky, but all the composition is perfect, full of energy and pathos! I love it!

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  10. Jean, just wonderful. You captured the look and feel of our winter storms here in Northern California. Love it!

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  11. Absolutely beautifully done!!!!! Clouds are outstanding. It's a fantastic piece of art.

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  12. Cristina: Thanks so much for the nice words. I admire your watercolors so much.

    Mary Paquet: Glad you feel I captured the look and feel of our winter. Thanks.

    Sofia: Thanks for visiting and for your comments.

    Terry Banderas: I'm pleased you think so highly of this piece. I am quite pleased with how it came out.

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  13. I love how you are capturing the drama of the light!!! Lovely.

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  14. Jean, this is fantastic....just love that sky. was this inspired by some of our colour combos over on my 100 washes blog? Some of us have been using similar colours for blending and washing.....Wow, this one 'pops'

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  15. Kathleen: I was pleased with the way I did the sky.

    Maggie: Glad you like this. It is one of my favorites. Indigo is one of my staple colors and I use it in most of my paintings. I did this piece from a photo I took locally. I have been following your 100 Washes blog with great interest. There are some great color combinations. I like the way you do your wash landscapes and seascapes. They are very fresh and spontaneous looking.

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