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Saturday, March 14, 2015

My watercolor of Hopper's "Camel's Hump", 1931, for the annual greens landscape lesson

St. Patrick's Day is the perfect time to explore greens. Play around with yellows, blues, and greens. Make a chart of overlapping layers of your colors. Label them as you go. If you have no name in your palette, then use its position on the palette. Think of how many different ways you can paint these colors. Lightly or heavily. Paint should be juicy like an ink, not thick like acrylics or poster paints.

This is from Edward Hopper's painting, "The Camel's Hump", 1931, a Vermont scene. My painting started with a quick underdrawing. Instead of redrawing, I  made a couple copies of the drawing and painted on one of those. The lighter yellows and greens went down first, then the darker greens, blues, and purples.

This picture probably needs rotating. Yikes!



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