Early Morning on the North Yuba


on Arches 300# cp quarter sheet

Sorry about the paragraphs not having any space between them but WP is acting up for me and I can’t seem to correct it.

     This painting is from a photo from last year when the temperatures were dropping. The morning that I arrived, the sun was just creeping around the corner and the mist was so beautiful. Here is the same scene but in pastel and on en plein air:  Frosty November Morning
     I have painted this scene at least 5 times. Those bushes across the river is so darn difficult to capture correctly. I didn’t worry about trying to get it to look like the photo, what is the creative fun in that? None! I did the tree section in the background wet on wet and had to go back at least three times to darken and bring up what features I felt would give the scene the correct nuance.
Colors used:  Aureolin, Cobalt Blue, Prussian Blue, Quin. Gold, Ultramarine Blue
*A word about photos. The photos on my blog are mine, taken by me and copying them would be stealing from me. If you find a photo that you would like to copy or use, I request that you ask me for permission and I expect you to give me full credit for my own photo. Thank you so very much.


18 thoughts on “Early Morning on the North Yuba

      1. Exactly! I have been reading books on Monet and he was obsessed with his pond and gardens, especially his pond. As you probably know, he painted it hundreds of times. That is how I feel about certain scenes, like this one.

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    1. sure! I need to do that. I am currently working on a painting that I am taking it in stages, more of a slow layered approach. I’ll do that next time….or I might go ahead and document where I am at with my current painting and show it to the end. 😉

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  1. bee auteee full!!!
    lovely temperature recession from the cool blue foliage to the warmer in front. it has a great sense of moodiness and depth to it. a real emotive painting Margaret… it is loveliness!

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