Monday, March 22, 2010
This is another of the demo paintings I did for the Friday morning group. They wanted to paint a field of flowers and I chose this photo, taken and shared by friend, Joe Ruby. This is of Arrasta Gulch in Colorado. I love the flow of the mountain gulch and the foreground flowers, but didn't think the black and gray mountains did much for my artistic soul, so we changed that. I wanted to demonstrate how mixing one's own grays and blacks was so much more lively, so we did an underpainting on the mountains that defined the darkest darks on these, then used the same two colors (quin burnt orange and ultramarine blue) to paint the mountains themselves, letting the colors blend on the paper. Artistic licenses were used broadly here by all!
I am submitting this as a final, but will let it marinate a few more days before matting it, just in case I see something I missed.