Mt. Tam By Day and Night

I managed to get two paintings done this week. I decided to do the same subject with two different moods. Mt. Tam is situated in Marin County not far from where I live.  The purpose of this first exercise was to experiment with texture, What better subject to choose - hence the closeup view.  With so much texture going on in the mountain area, I decided to keep the sky very bland so as not to fight with, or detract from the textured area. Painted on hot  pressed paper, the watercolors I used were, burnt umber mixed with a little Paynes grey, raw sienna and a very small amount of the sky color which was indigo, to carry the color into the rest of the painting for harmony.  I dribbled granulation medium on the wet paint on the lower part of the mountain and let it run down the page. It is often hit or miss using this technique. The key is using colors that granulate well and not using too much granulation medium.  In the watercolor below I tried to capture the mountain by moonlight using various blues, with a hint of warm color picked up from my palette.


  1. beautiful works and thanks for sharing the process...

  2. Both look very lovely, the second one has a serene feel to it. I have to check out on the granulation medium, didnt know about it :-)

  3. These are both very successful, but I love the first one especially, with those lovely textures and rich colors. I also like the lost and found eges at the mountain top a lot.

  4. Both are very good Jean! Incredible what a change of color can do to a painting, they don't even look like the same subject, the mood is so different.

  5. The second one has a lovely tranquil feel to it and I just love the rich warm colours in the first. And it's great that you described the process. Lovely work.

  6. Anonymous3:50 PM

    jyothisethu: Thanks for stopping by. I like to share my process with other artists. We can all learn from each other.

    Padmaja: Glad you learned something from the post and thanks for the nice comment

    Mineke: You are such a talented watercolorist. I'm so pleased you liked the post.

    Jane: Yes, it's great to try a subject in different lights. It's a good exercise.

    John: Thanks John. Your coffee pot post really impressed me.

  7. These are so beautiful Jean, they have a nice contemporary feel to them with a slight abstract quality too.

  8. Great experiment with temperature of emotions.

    1. Anonymous7:18 AM

      Caroline: Thanks so much. Hadn't thought about the contemporary feel. I like that.

      Maga: Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog.

  9. Ciao, è bella l'idea di dipingere uno stesso soggetto nella versione giorno e notte. E+ come

    Ciao, è bella l'idea di dipingere uno stesso soggetto nelle versioni giorno e notte. E' un modo di completare un'immagine per i nostri occhi e la nostra mente.
    E proprio bella è la realizzazione di tutte e due le versioni.
    Ciao, a presto, Floriana

  10. Bellissima idea. Elvi

  11. beautiful work jean!


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