I really enjoyed working on the above painting. I have a tendency to rush paintings. I think that I like the excitement and I have found that I paint best by not knowing what is around the corner. But I often allow myself to get too carried away and push a painting too far. I used restraint and intuition while working on this particular one. I enjoyed watching this painting come alive.
The photo doesn’t do this justice. The colors are subtle, yes, but richer in reality. Again I wanted a “less is more” look. Sometimes this is hard for me because I have a dramatic, throw caution to the wind attitude with watercolor.
As I mentioned I have an aggressive approach with my watercolors. I do believe the reason is that I push until I get the feeling and look I want. I used to do this with my pastel portraits. With watercolor it can be tricky because you can loose that freshness so easily. One thing I have learned is that if you have a confidence and use care, you can push watercolors. Rarely have I lost a painting ( in my opinion) when I work with that confidence. Don’t mess with a watercolor out of dissatisfaction, it will show it, believe me.
The foreground was not cooperating and soon it became apparent that the sky was the star. I cropped it and now painting and I are happy.
I had posted this on Instagram and I decided to delete it. I initially loved it but wasn’t too sure about the dark foreground. I am going to put it aside for a while and assess it later when my eyes are fresh. It has an other worldly appearance to me. Also it reminds me of the paintings of Yosemite by Albert Bierstadt, one of my favorite artists.
David and I have been married for 34 years now. He retired last month after 24 years with the Forest Service. He worked as a seasonal for a few years before he was hired full time. This wedding anniversary was a little special because of his retirement.
That’s all for now! If you have any questions about my art, shoot!