Morning on the North Yuba

 

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on 200# Saunders quarter sheet

Oh my I am so picky today! I am thinking that I need to stretch my creative muscles and go for a really loose painting. I keep picking the above painting to bits. I have a problem with all those rocks, maybe it is my picky mood. So I started another Yuba river painting but more loose and carefree.

 

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layer number 1

I always love starting out a new painting, so exciting! I started out with wet on semi-wet here.

 

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layer #2

I often will bring the background to a certain stage than move onto the middle or foreground. I don’t like to complete a background because often it takes a back and forth work to bring a painting to the correct feeling or value.

 

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layer #3 or more

I started to move on those rocks and the back trees on the left and gradually brought the water up slowly. I used a wax crayon to protect the whites.

I do believe that those rocks were my enemy and yet I loved how a lot of them  presented that special glow that I saw that morning. In the final stage I did lump some sections of the rocks into a more concrete mass. All in all, not bad but I am missing my wild and loose and fancy free approach. I need to go bareback on that wild pony!

colors  used: Aureolin, Quin. Gold, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Tiger’s Eye Genuine, Prussian Blue, Cereluen Blue

 

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This is the reference photo of that morning on the North Yuba….beautiful, don’t you think?

*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.

 

 

 

 

 

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24 thoughts on “Morning on the North Yuba

  1. Well, maybe you don’t feel too satisfied about that first one, but, I really like the way the pattern of those rocks kind of imitates the pattern of the water, but at an angle, if you know what I mean, Margaret?! It also looks great at a distance with all that strong contrast – WELL DONE!!

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  2. I like this a lot. Spent some time looking at the photo vs the layer 3 painting because when I first looked at it I though the white was water rushing over the stone. Maybe I’d the value was a little darker indicating that it was the shadow side of the rocks? I’m a noob – I enjoy looking at your in-progress photos, thank you!

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  3. You’ve got better values and shapes in the second “looser” one. in the first your water and rocks were almost a repeat of one another both in pattern and value although i love the golden reflection in the upper right of the river and your shore line was creating a straight line that cut the picture in half. In your second you solved both of those problems beautifully with darker blues to the left and more of a wedge shape for the rocky shoreline. Nice work.
    Whoops If you want me to shut up just say so!

    PS I just threw out a painting and don’t even have the courage to show my second try at it. It’s so much easier to look than do!

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    1. hehe…..well, I was getting better because I was showing the progression from start to finish. Yes, I was “shoring” it up as I proceeded, at least I hope so. It is a work until it works, sometimes it doesn’t happen. I think that all in all I am happy with it. 😉

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  4. You’re inspiring me to move back into working with proper watercolors. I’ve been hung up on water soluble wax crayons for a long time, which is fun and interesting but you just don’t get the clarity and depth of colors. Thanks for sharing your process!

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    1. thank you! I am happy to be an inspiration. I have worked with the water soluble crayons in the past. I can’t remember if you can layer or not. That definitely would be a must if you want to get clarity and depth. You have such an eye for comp. and color, can’t wait to see what you come up with.

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