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Winsor Newton Award at California Watercolor Association 49th National Exhibition for "Seven Layers of Spring"

Seven Layers of Spring 15 x 21 Thank you to Iain Stewart and Karen Frey for selecting and awarding one of my favorite paintings of Moun...

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Flag Hill, Sunol Regional Wilderness Paintout with the CAC

 Flag Hill Summer ( Sunol RW) 14 x 21 watercolor

In July I spent a great Saturday with artists from the California Art Club at the Sunol Regional Wilderness. A nice breeze in the morning and a warm afternoon.  Flag Hill caught my eye. It had interesting rocks exposing the ridge structure underneath.
I thought a lot about the sky value in this one, the convention is to make the sky pale at the horizon, but when looking up at a ridge against the middle of the sky you do get the sense that the blue in the sky is a darker value than the gold on the hills. I pushed this as dark as I dared, I've ruined paintings in the past using french ultramarine to push the sky too dark.
I have a new favorite blue, which I purchased only because regular cobalt blue was out of stock, cobalt blue deep, which has a lot more strength as a mixer than regular cobalt.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

International perspective on watercolor

I have been enjoying a blog dedicated to watercolor in French thanks to Google translate. It has a wide perspective on watercolor. The author has kindly included a link to my blog under the heading  " mes coups de coeur" or his favorites. Which given the quality of the art posted is pretty amazing,
I feel like this is one of those connections that would never happen without the internet .
Here is a link to the blog:

http://masmoulin.blog.lemonde.fr/

Visit and enjoy!