Another Lovely Day!

I’m trying hard to stay busy. I’m getting pretty nervous about presenting at IAPS, so I packed up my painting gear and headed to Elk Rock Island again, yesterday afternoon. I might have to do that again today too! I found a great spot in open shade where I was really comfortable. I wasn’t in direct sun, my painting surface and my palette had the same kind of light, making it very easy to see the color correctly. I decided to paint the water and reflections and chose a view that I wouldn’t usually gravitate towards. For some reason it was calling me, so I listened. Lots and lots of green to deal with. I think it’s one of the hardest things to paint, so I just didn’t paint with much green. I did a warm under-painting with lots of red and blue. Then when I started with my pastels, I tried to substitute brown for green. At the end, I added some bits of green here and there. I think it worked nicely.

After reevaluating the reference photo, I can think of several other ways to have approached this scene. It will be fun to try it again in another way!

Watercolor under-painting

Plein air sketch

1 thought on “Another Lovely Day!”

  1. Marla,
    It is great to follow your blog and watch the steps as you
    progress through your outdoor paintings. Really helpful
    color information.

    Thanks for your generous sharing of knowledge,
    Linda Rothchild Ollis

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