June Watercolor School - Landscapes

June Watercolor School - Landscapes - student project

Rocks

Red rock. I used the card technique.

 

Grasses

Red grass with trees. I attempted some negative painting. 

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Field of grass. I did put a lot of detail in the grass, so didn't paint the closer trees to stop it becoming too busy.

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Trees

Trees in forest

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Palm trees, so far. 

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Notes on the master’s studies

Trees: The Winslow Homer  - the looming dark blue-green masses of the trees make that river seem even more powerful and daunting. The rowers have to work very hard, rowing against the stream, into the storm. 

Grass: The Edward Seago - the tiny yellow dots in the grass, buttercups maybe, suggest summer. I noticed the vantage point also suggests that season. We see the trees close, looking up at them - as if sitting in the verge of the meadow. The other summer trees painting by Seago was also from that point of view. On the other hand, the winter trees in the snow (I think that was by Seago too) was from a standing point; walking on that road, too cold to sit. 

Rocks: The Sargent rocks are full of bright dashes of colour. I like the way he’s put a painter in the foreground to underline that this landscape is an artefact. 

 

Rocks

Round with card: 

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Round painted. The technique and colours suggest another landscape, more rainy, Northern:

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Field rocks, with card: 

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Field rocks, painted:

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Grasses

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I used a 1" hake brush for the one below - which is on A4 size paper. I'd like to experiment with some other brushes and perhaps smaller size paper.

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Trees with negative spaces

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Trees with scratches

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Palm trees

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Negative space birch trees

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Winter trees (or spring trees)

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Trees 

Colour -the shapes are okay, but I'm having trouble with variegated colours. I may be using too much water, so I get those very hard edges. Also, I don't have tubes with me at the moment, so using pans. I'll try some more.

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Unusual brushes - These were experiments with a 1" hake - I do like some of the effects - but need to be careful not to stamp patterns.

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The ones below were done with a pointed round 12. The most difficult one to do is the bare tree - need lots more practice!

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Sky studies

This is the one with the orange sunset and the horse statue. I did a variegated wash. Let dry. Then added grey (cool at top and warmer at bottom) and cerulean blue in the middle.

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This was the dramatic cloud scene. I did a wash adding lots of orange in the middle and very strong alizarin crimson (too much). I let dry and then did negative shape painting with cobalt blue and grey. 

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This was the one with the moon. I did a variegated wash and let dry. Then painted in the clouds. I added in the mountain and a blue stripe for the sea. I forgot the moon. It looks more like a dawn.

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This was the stormy sky. I did a variegated wash with lots of orange in the middle, let it dry, and painted over with cobalt blue/burnt sienna mix.

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Here I tried two approaches to clouds - negative space painting (top) and blotting out (bottom). Very different in style! 

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Notes on Clouds by Singer Sargent and Seago

These were great to look at. I especially liked the Seago watercolours. His paintings are generous in showing their technique. I liked his use of warmer colours like ochres for sky with grey in the landscape; and also the negative space painting. He is able to suggest so much with abstraction. 

Skies - 

8. Nocturnal sky - variegated wash with blotted moon

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7. Stormy sky - wash, and layers

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6. Negative space sky

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5. Winter scene - variegated wash with layers

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4. Sunset sky with reflections- gradated, variegated wash

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3. Multi-Layered Sky

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2. Gradated Sky with Clouds

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1. Simple Gradated Sky 

 

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