8.10.2011

Marsh Abstract


In class last week Jerry Stitt suggested an exercise for working loosely by choosing a subject and painting it as quickly as possible.  I decided to try it but had no definite subject in mind, concentrating more on mood and color, thinking more in the abstract. I used burnt sienna, Indian yellow and neutral tint to create this watercolor in about 15 minutes. I started with the sky since I love painting dramatic skies. It was going to be a simple sketch with a few distant trees and a small foreground. The trees grew a bit more than I intended since I was working wet-in-wet on hot pressed paper. The foreground resembled a lake at first but I thought it a little boring, so I added some texture to make it look more like a marshy scene. I was quite please in the end with the result.

14 comments:

  1. It suggests big rocks, ocean mist and sea spray to me. Love this one, Jean! Sometimes the quick ones work and are wonderful...just like this!

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  2. Thanks Maggie. Had not thought about rocks, Hmm! I think I will try a few more because it was really fun to work fast, while at the same time trying to keep the elements and principles of design in mind.

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  3. This is very successfully done. Trust your eyes. Trust your hands! You are onto something.

    Looking forward to more!

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  4. Wonderful Jean! I love the effects in the sky, and the limited palette is working very well. I agree, you are onto something; I hope we will see more like this.

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  5. Gorgeous palette of earthy colours Jean. Very atmospheric. I love just playing with watercolour like this and often get much more pleasing and of course looser results.

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  6. As always, such an evocative atmosphere. You did it with simple means and I find that you never work laboriously, which is an art in itself!

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  7. Melinda: Thank you. Hope you are right about being onto something. I will experiment some more.

    Mineke: I always do like working with a limited palette but have not used Indian yellow much in my work before. I think I may add this to my palette.

    Michael: Watercolor really is fun to play with, isn't it. So many things can happen that one does not expect.

    Marie: Thanks so much for your generous comments.

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  8. I like the simplicity with which you have arrived at this piece.. the yellow was a great decision that has breathed life in to this one Jean..

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  9. A well executed wet-in-wet and a lovely pallette choice. Very nice.

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  10. WOW! I love the mood it conveys, and that palette you chose is perfect! It's extremely inspiring to know you did this in such a short amount of time. I love it!

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  11. Hi Jean you have been very successful working wet into wet. Very bold use of colour that has blended in beautifully to create drama. I especially like the colours you have chosen they really do go very well together. Lovely painting you must be delighted with the result.

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  12. I love the beautiful effects that the pigments have created. Very exciting and inspiring painting!

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