Mist Over Mt Tam

I am currently working on a series of watercolors depicting Mt Tamalpais to enter in a local gallery exhibition where the theme is "Under The Spell of Mt. Tam." I can enter up to three paintings, so I thought I would try to approach the subject in three very different ways. Mt. Tam is a very imposing mountain that can be seen from most areas in Marin. At it's highest point it is 2,574 feet and is often shrouded in mist - making a great subject for painting. Above is my first attempt with the mist coming down over the mountain.  I want to also do an abstract version and a night scene incorporating the mountain. My next two posts will follow this one - if they are successful that is. Update: this piece made it into the exhibition along with Serpentine Mountain.


  1. Absolutely gorgeous, all the best for the show!

  2. Atmospheric and beautiful Jean, I am really enjoying your landscapes, inspires me to try again with them. just have another read of Ann Blockleys new book. Look forward to seeing your next work

    1. I was inspired by Ann's texturing for this piece. I used some netting for the foreground textures but instead of waiting for it to dry I pulled it off while wet an spritzed it with a little water to make it run and look more like natural vegetation. My own version of texturing.

  3. Beautiful painting, Jean. Wonderful textures in the foreground and I love the atmosphere.

  4. Thanks Vandy. I enjoyed creating the textures with different materials.


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