10.12.2013

Nightfall


It was very difficult getting the colors right for this posting. The watercolor is actually a little darker than it appears here, especially in the foreground. I wanted to paint an atmospheric night scene using a range of blues. It took about ten coats of glazing to get to this stage. I almost abandoned it halfway through because it looked uninteresting. For the last stage I decided to take a rough painters brush and using Daniel Smith's indanthrone blue mixed with neutral tint I swept the brush back and forth and left it to dry. I think it really made the sky come to life.  I then had to come up with something interesting to paint in the bottom third of the painting. It had to be something simple that did not detract from the sky, which I wanted to be the focus of the watercolor. I was pleased with the end result of this piece. Size is 14" x 10". I used indigo, French ultramarine, indanthrone blue and neutral tint for the sky, and burnt sienna with French ultramarine, raw sienna and a little sepia ink for the land area.

17 comments:

  1. Amazing to think of 10 glazes Jean on that beautiful sky. Each must have been very light as it has stayed very fresh. A beautiful night scene

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    1. Thanks Lorraine. The glazes were thin. I like glazing because Ithink it gives a lot of depth to a watercolor.

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  2. This worked out really well. Love the sky!

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    1. Thanks Maggie. I need to work on getting a better photo though. The piece is a little darker than this which is what I liked about it.

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  3. Absolutely wonderful! I like the colors of the night, one of my favorite subjects. Great work, Jean. Have a good Sunday.

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    1. Thanks Tito. I love painting night skies too and I particularly like shads of blue.

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  4. i too love the sky jean .

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  5. You wanted to paint an atmospheric mood and you got it, congrats.
    Lovely watercolor.

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  6. Thank you for stopping by my blog and for your very nice comment Sergio

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  7. Thanks for not abandoning this painting...the sky really came to life and I'm in love with it. Beautiful.

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    1. Thanks for the kind words Rogério. It just shows that one should always try to fix a piece before abandoning it.

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  8. The sweeping strokes gave a lot of energy to the sky, it looks enchanting ! The composition is lovely. So glad you didn't abandon it, you have a beautiful work now with you!

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  9. Ciao Jean, grazie per la visita del mio blog,e complimenti per il tuo acquerello, veramente interessante. Buon fine settimana.

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  10. This is fab Jean and totally interesting to a watecolour geek like myself. It works beautifully because you have created lots of lovely tones and depth with your glazing. Very understated but gorgeous. Thanks for dropping by recently. I really appreciate it.

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  11. ciao,
    un bel cielo dà vita a tutto il resto e questo è il caso del tuo dipinto...
    un cielo che fa sognare anche gli alberelli che sopravvivono alla siccità!
    Ciao, ciao, Floriana

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  12. Beautiful Jean, I especially love all of the sky tones.

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