Saturday, November 13, 2010

Fall in the Smokies!

Autumn Cascades
Watercolor 9" x 12" Mats to 14" x 16"

Fall is almost over.....snow fell in the upper elevations of the Smoky Mountains this past week.  So, trees like the ones in the painting above will some be bare. 

Since the rocks will not change, but remain the same for all seasons, my blog today will give directions for painting the rocks.

How to Paint Rocks:
The rocks are painted with a wash of raw umber, burnt umber, ultramarine. Light washes are added with the darker colors added to the bottom, sides and edges of the rocks. Apply clean water to the drying paint to add texture. The water pushes the paint outwards, breaking up its regular drying pattern, scattering the particles of paint. As they dry, the “watermark” can be seen, providing an appearance of wetness and texture.

How to Paint the Mountain Stream:
As water tumbles across rocks and boulders and breaks around them, areas of white water appear. In watercolor, the best way to convey this is to leave areas of white paper showing as you paint around rocks and boulders. The more white paper you leave, the faster the water appears to be moving. Remember: Water rarely flows in a straight line. Paint the water area with a light wash of yellow ochre and will in with lines of raw and burnt umber….very light washes. Remember to leave areas white. When dry scratch off tiny flecks of paint with a sharp knife to represent light bouncing from breaking water. To create a feeling of distance, space the scratched areas of paper unevenly – closer together in the far background, further apart in the foreground. Reflected shapes in moving water appear as colors rather than discernable images.

Happy Painting!


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