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Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sunset Study in Watercolor

Well - this is today's post for the daily painting blog - I spent most of the afternoon preparing for the class I am teaching - starting tomorrow - so this was a quick watercolor I did tonight.  It is a limited palette - red orange, yellow, and  sap and viridian green and mixtures of those colors.  The watercolor is 6" x 8" and is painted on cold-pressed watercolor paper.

9 comments:

AutumnLeaves said...

This is stunning, Barb! For some reason, I am reminded of the yellow brick road and the gleaming Oz in the distance...

Katherine Thomas said...

This is pretty! I love the progression of colors across the page. I wish I could be creative like that, and get away from being a pawn to my reference photos! Artists like you inspire me! I hope to see more of your work!

jgr said...

Gorgeous! I love it, especially the colors.

The Halters said...

kind of gives a north woods perspective to walking into heaven :)

Barb Sailor said...

Autumn Leaves - I can see the analogy to the yellow brick road - thanks for commenting!

Barb Sailor said...

Katherine,
It is very hard to throw away the reference photos and I am still very dependent on them...BUT ...I have found that I get the most comments on those paintings where I was more adventurous and spontaneous. This one was completely from my head - I started with a small value sketch/thumbnail and worked from that. I had an image in my mind of the graduated sky and the trees against it.

Barb Sailor said...

Jane - thanks so much for commenting.

Barb Sailor said...

Sharon...You know how I feel about the northwoods!!! And I feel myself gravitating toward birches and, in this case, pines, much of the time. Thanks for your always inspirational and encouraging comments!

Christiane Kingsley said...

Those lucky students! This has the beautiful soft colors of a poured painting.Very, very beautiful.