Daring Watercolor #5

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The inspiration for my painting

As much as I wanted to go plein air painting, the rainy weather kept me in my art room plugging away. The photo above was my reference for some inspiration, taken a few winters ago along Hwy 49 somewhere in Sierra Co. I decided to avoid a realistic approach and delve into an abstract look.

Today’s first attempt (perhaps only)

Hopefully I matched this photo to the original, I tried as hard as I could to match it up to the original which I like far better. I took my time with this one. I worked it up slowly even though it looks very messy. I am undecided if I should take it further, no idea.

Now to let you onto something….this is actually my third try. I had painted two others a few years ago. I was hoping to “improve” my other attempts but I am not so sure if I succeeded. What do you all think?

awww…..feel the coolness!

I tried to get these to match up the originals. The one on the bottom has more light on those rocks on the bottom right. The white in the water is also brighter on the original but you get the idea.

I am not sure where or what I am attempting to do with all what I have shown you. I love whimsy and “other worldliness” in painting and I think that is what I was hoping for. I like to take a painting beyond the literal to the spiritual or essence of a scene. Believe me, it is harder than you think!

What I have learned so far:

  • Slowing down has its rewards but can allow too much thought to hold you up.
  • Abstract is hard! Don’t laugh and think that you can do “it” better, whatever “it” is!

I probably have more for the list but right now I am tired, it takes a lot of work and thought to paint everyday. I usually paint every other day or sometimes every third day. I hope to make an escape and plein air paint soon, I am looking forward to getting out there…..next post, I hope.


10 thoughts on “Daring Watercolor #5

  1. Love these, Margaret. Looks to me like you did the original photo justice. I love the mixture of colors and emotions spilling and spraying through the mist of the waterfall. Just lovely. You are inspiring, so dedicated to your craft. Just fun to see where your creativity takes you each post.

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  2. Thank you for your comments, it really helps to give me perspective. I am a loner artist out the boonies and with my blog I have been getting so much feedback which is a treasure to me. I have put myself to a challenge to learn watercolor and boy, it is a challenge but very fun! 🙂


  3. You did beautifully! So true that abstract is so much harder than most people think! I long to take a photo and paint the “feeling” it gives me some day the way Debi Riley does 🙂

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  4. Your abstract approach provided a feeling of movement and sound for me that realism cannot. Realism, especially with moving water, often becomes a frozen moment in time, no sound no movement. I was always a fan of Edvard Munch’s The Scream because he painted waves of sound not the frozen face of a person … I hope this comparison makes sense for you, nice work!

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    1. It most certainly does! I think that I enjoy art that reaches beyond a basic photogenic, (realistic) depiction of a subject. Reaching for that essence or thought processes such as emotion or memory often can not be delineated by what we call realism. Our minds and emotions can’t be photographed….thank you for your thoughts and observation. I need to go take another look at The Scream. 🙂


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