In The Studio: 25 out of 90, “Road to Ouray”

15 x 22 watercolor on 300lb arches cold press.  Today I am back in the mountains again, and this demonstration is pretty similar in colors to the one a few days ago.  I am really trying to push the mountains way back in the painting by having everything in front of them be darker richer and for the most part warmer.  I layered the colors on the mountain ridges to get a nice feeling of overlap and I do think it works pretty well.  The field in the foreground has a repeat of all of the colors in the mountains, but it is just really heavy on the warm tones.When painting snow capped mountains go pretty slow and make sure to soften a few edges on the dark shadow areas.  The shadows are painted with cobalt blue, burnt sienna, and cobalt violet and I painted with an 8 round, each mark is important but treat them with a variety of edges, hard, soft and textured.

I moved up to a 16 round and really applied the paint in this areas, working from cooler to warmer and I used every edge of the brush to pull the paint around.  I used a lot of olive green, cobalt blue and burnt sienna.  The trees at the bottom are just suggested and on them I have added strong raw sienna and new gamboge.

Paint the foreground and leave a small irregular white strip above it for the little houses that will come at the end.  I used some really strong versions of all of the colors I used before.  Again I was using a 16 round.  When it is dry I added some buildings, foreground weeds and warm tones on the trees above the houses.  Keep up with me and your paintings will improve.  I know I’m feeling better.

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  • ChristineFebruary 5, 2013 - 12:51 am

    love. love. love.ReplyCancel

  • PatFebruary 5, 2013 - 3:54 am

    This is a marvel!ReplyCancel

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  • Gerry StoneJanuary 12, 2014 - 12:43 am

    I enjoyed your lesson today. Looking forward to others. thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Gerry StoneJanuary 12, 2014 - 12:45 am

    Loved the lessonReplyCancel

  • MercedesMarch 18, 2014 - 9:48 am

    Hello Steve. With you I always learn something more. I loved the idea of leaving the buildings for the end. You have got a magnificent painting, as it could not be otherwise, because you are a great artist. I love your lessons and step-by-step demonstrations. Thank you for share.ReplyCancel