Quiet Days, Watercolor on Lanaquarelle 140# Cold Press Paper, 5"h x 7"w, 2013 #1
So here it is: No. 1 of my creation for the "30 Paintings in 30 Days" challenge. I want to capture the clear, chilly air of high country in early fall in this one, and had my fun with the line work on the side branches of the fir trees. I found it very helpful to concentrate on creating interesting shapes for an entire tree or several trees as a group when painting fir -- or for that matter, and foliage, instead of trying to paint each leaf or copy the tree as it is. A helpful way to practice this is to draw the silhouette of the tree that inspires you to start a painting, then lay a piece of tracing paper on top of your drawings to see if you could alter the shape of the tree to make it more interesting to the eye. In the end, either paint from your drawing or simply put the drawing away to paint from your memory, instead of painting from the reference photo or while direct looking at the actual tree. This one is painted from my imagination and sketch book of some tree drawings. I have enjoyed it so much that I wonder (as always) why I do not paint more landscapes regularly...
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