6.24.2014

Last Glow Of Sunset


I was aiming for a tonalist look in this watercolor, using a number of glazes to achieve the result I wanted. It's easy to do too many glazes and ruin the painting by overworking it, or too few and not quite achieving one's goal. I'm a great admirer of the tonalist painters who mostly painted in oils. To quote from Wikipedia, "Tonalism is sometimes used to describe American landscapes derived from the French Barbizon style, which emphasized mood and shadow. Tonalism was eventually eclipsed by impressionism and European modernism." I love trying to create atmosphere in my watercolors. The colors I used were quinacridone gold, brown madder, neutral tint, transparent pyrrol orange, Payne's grey and burnt umber. Also some sepia ink for the texture in the foreground.


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    1. Thanks Karen. Just took a look at your beautiful work.

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  2. It's dramatic and dreamy at the same time. This winding path creates a perfect focal point. A beautiful atmospheric painting, Jean!

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    1. I always hear my old tutor in my head about using the rule of thirds and keeping the focal point off center. It has been ingrained in me, which is good.

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  3. Wonderful. Soft and warm.

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    1. Thanks Vandy. I do like to soft atmosphere of this watercolor.

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  4. Jean, your art continues to grow in beauty and diversity. This piece has quiet beauty and I especially admire windswept hill. I also am intrigued by your experimental pieces, especially the one using netting. Great work! Thanks for keeping in touch.

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    1. Thanks for your nice comments Mary.

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  5. The glazes are so very perfect, the result is amazing Jean! Your recent paintings have an ethereal quality to them.

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  6. Well you have achieved a beautiful painting Jean and thanks for mentioning your palette I love to know how a result is achieved. The texture is great too

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    1. Thanks Lorraine. I like to share my techniques. I hope it makes my posts more interesting.

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  7. Very atmospheric, Jean, I would love to see you in action, doing those layers at just the right timing!

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    1. Nice to see you again Marie and thanks for the nice comments.

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  8. Your landscapes are beautiful and inspirational,i now want to give it a try and depart from flowers!.

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    1. I'm so glad that I inspired you to stretch yourself Cathy. Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. Looks super on the screen jean ...beautiful work below

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