At this weekend's Northwest Watercolor Society retreat, Paint Out, on Samish Island WA, I spent the better part of two days experimenting with new colors and techniques, way out of my comfort zone. Inspired by Shari Blaukopf's beautiful painting style, I used a lot of cerulean blue together with pyrrole orange--together, they make a beautiful neutral gray that glows when these two granulating colors dry into the nooks and crannies of the 140 lb. Arches watercolor paper.
So after some truly awful paintings of skies, oranges in still life, I went back to the landscape paintings of beautiful Washington state that I love to do...pretty much at the end of the weekend. These are inspired by photos I take from moving cars, buses, and trains...lots of foreground with a focus on the tiny ribbon of activity near the horizon. This beautiful state is the Nation's best kept secret!!
|Beautiful Central Washington Fields|
This image is a small 6" x 6", painted on Arches 140lb. Bright White CP, in only cerulean blue, pyrrole orange, quinacridone gold, and a bit of ultramarine and cobalt blues.