I’ve been painting large full size sheets of Arches watercolor 300# CP paper. Luxurious thick paper that holds color and brushstroke beautifully. Throwing paint, splattering, letting the pigment fly and blend. Summer pictures of cranes. Lots of sunshine.
Don’t you just love a perfect morning when everything comes together after a delicious cup of hot coffee?
A few weeks ago in February, I couldn’t wait to get my brushes into paint and get started on a canvas.
Mount pochade box onto tripod. Squeeze out color. Brushes available and warm fire in the wood stove. Perfect.
The sun rises and shines on the birch. Mountains appear across the river valley. I pile on the paint and push the color to capture the scene.
Fire crackles in the wood stove. It entertains and warms me.
I start with bright colors. I will tone them down with more layers of paint but the orange of the morning-sun-sky needs to shimmer through the trees. I like to have little edges of bright color intensify the whole visual experience.
Adding color to the canvas affects the other colors in dramatic ways. It’s a whole world that’s being created with its own relationships. Colors contrast and enhance each other. A brush stroke with light orange tint can make the light blue shimmer and appear more intense.
8″ x 10″ oil
Morning sun shines orange through the trees and lights the sky behind the silhouette of Mt. Hayes.
The day begins in the Tanana river valley. I love morning sunlight. It warms up the sky and contrasts with the cool blue shadows.
Everyday experiences can be the fuel for your creativity. Watching the colors in the sky or the silhouette of trees and feeling the sunshine on your face can give you inspiration. Have you ever studied how many different blues there are in the sky on a clear day? The softer lighter yellower tints near the horizon and then clear cerulean blue above that and as you look higher there appears to more and more red in the blue until it is an intense dark brilliant ultramarine blue. It is fascinating to see and study. A hammock will work well for this important research. Be sensitive to the colors and how they make you feel. You are gathering color for your palette.