I suppose it is time to post some scenes of my home state. Friends of mine have been nice enough to offer their property for me to come out and do some outdoor painting as well as take photos to paint from. This will be an ongoing project for me. This first painting I did from a photo I took the first time I visited.
There was a storm moving in and I wanted to set the tone so I painted the sky, first, using a gray I mixed from manganese blue and halloween orange. I also dropped in a reddish mixture I made from fire engine red and burnt sienna in the upper left quadrant because I knew I might have to balance the red of that out building on the right. I then got busy and applied my first washes to everything so I could see where I wanted the light to fall like I had learned in my recent workshop. This took some time. I also wanted to include yellows to give the effect of the yellow light we get, here, right before a storm moves in. I think that light, combined with the interesting little tree shapes lined up by the big pine, was what inspired me to create this painting. I posted this stage of my watercolor to share with you how light those first washes are that I apply. All the colors I used for this initial wash would be considered light or light middle colors. I knew my trees in the foreground were going to be my darks and what I wanted the viewer to see the most, so I chose to interweave my lights in and around the base of them. They had funny little puddled shadows underneath and I liked that and enhanced these things as I worked.
The above is the finished painting after going in and turning on the color with midtones and defining the trees and the far treeline with darks. This is pretty much what it looked like that day as those dark clouds began to move in. It was pretty hot and muggy so I tried to keep my definition of the far treelines and homes to a minimum so as to reflect that haziness that humidity causes. The sky you see in the final painting is the only thing that I did not add to from the initial washes. I painted the wires of the fence with a hairline brush and blotted it with a tissue, while still wet, to soften the harshness of the line.