Your Watercolour Paintings Rio Grande gorge

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    AlexK
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    Just a quick sketch of the gorge area. Tried to improve my sky. Pretty happy how it turned out. It’s hard to paint on such small format(4×10) but love the arches rough paper.

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    Paula
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    The sky is great. Also, the touch of green on the right is lit up nicely!

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    RandyLouise
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    Alex, this is obviously a subject that’s really important to you and I can certainly see why. Your skies and mountains are always wonderful and very believable, good depth and atmospheric perspective. But, the gorge itself is usually a little bit confusing for me. I’m not looking at your source, but I believe that the rocks and surfaces inside the gorge probably have a majority of vertical lines, so if your brush strokes are vertical, it will help to establish their shapes. I also think you could make it more interesting by changing up the color of the deep shadows inside the gorge. It seems too grey to me. Are the rocks grey? You could start by just painting the inside of the gorge in it’s natural color and then once it’s dry, glaze over with your shadow colors. I really like using violets and blues and just darker versions of the original color for shadows.

    I also think it would read better if you established a definite hard front edge to your gorge. I know that will be hard to do perspective wise, and I don’t know how to tell you to approach that. I’ve never done it and it’s been a long time since I’ve actually stood before this type of scene to study it.

    I envy your ability to have these scenes at hand to paint and observe.

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      AlexK
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      Thank you for good advice. Front edge would be soft because there’s grass. The other side is hard though. I used this foto as reference. But I didn’t try to paint a copy. Just a guide line. For the shadow part of the wall I use simple recipe. Prussian blue, alizarin crimson and yellow to gray it down.

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    RandyLouise
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    yes, I see. “Hard” edge was a poor choice of words. Defined would be better. It is soft in the photo but very well defined because of the value contrast. I think this gorge is your Van Gogh’s “Hay stacks.”

    I admire your committment to paint in spite of your daily demands of parenting and a young family. When I was your age and had four children, I would often stay up until 2 or 3 in the morning painting. And to this day, I am still a night owl and often paint into the night 🙂 A habit that has proven hard to break – not that I’ve tried. 🙂

     

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      AlexK
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      Thank you for your time and effort to write interesting and helpful comments. I try to paint in the timeframe of my sons first nap. I’ve tried to do it at night but I’m tired and can’t find any motivation to paint. I’d have to look up Van Gogh painting. I think I know which one is that. Thing is I’m not very good or accurate at painting but sometimes they turn out ok. I have a diper box where I keep my worst paintings and better ones go on the wall in the leaving room.

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