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In The Studio: Painting 40 of 90 paintings in 90 Days “Up The River”

In this painting. I am working on overlapping shapes and creating depth in the colors using warm to cool yellows and greens.  This will be somewhat hard to put the colors on the paper and not create muddy mixes.  Try to look at your palette and if the colors are not clear or clean than don’t use them.

Use cobalt and cerulean blue for the sky and float it down into a wash of raw sienna to give the sky variety.  Use a very cool blue wash for the mountains with a overlay a little new gamboge and raw sienna for the background hills bring some pure yellow, hanza, new gamboge and raw sienna for the front trees.

Add some olive green with cobalt blue to the mix and  keep varying the color between yellow and green down to the front edge of the paper.paint the rocks with burnt sienna and cadmium red and ultramarine blue, use the side of the brush to get a nice edge.  Scrape some lights of the top edge and flat planes of the rocks.  Let the color of the rocks merge with the yellow greens of the trees.

over top of the trees use a round brush and paint a few darker values of the greens for the details of the trees.  Don’t go crazy just a few not a million. Paint the water reflections, try to repeat the colors of the trees and rocks in the water reflections.

Put in the details of the trees and the little fisherman in the water.

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  • bUNTY KETCHAMFebruary 20, 2013 - 11:08 pm

    tOOK ME TEN MINUTES TO FIND “THE LITTLE FISHERMAN IN THE WATER”…

    AND NOW i SEE HOW THIS TINY FIGURE ADDS DEPTH AND PERSPECTIVE TO THE PAINTING!

    bUNTYReplyCancel

  • PatFebruary 20, 2013 - 11:48 pm

    Yikes! That certainly is a “little fisherman!” And he’s green, too?? What to use-is there a Minus 2 round brush?ReplyCancel

  • MercedesMarch 23, 2014 - 8:10 am

    The trees and fisherman’sizes give Majesty to the breathtaking rocks. Something new to learn. Thanks Steve, I admire you and admire your work and also admire your wisdom and your desire to teach us. I hope you are reading my commentsReplyCancel

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