I painted this plein air at the beginning sunset at Fort Mountain State Park in Chatsworth, Georgia. I captured the light and shadow as they danced on the fence, rocks and trees. While it was light when I started, by the time I was finished, I was in almost total darkness in my hike back to my car.
Wildflowers in Crested Butte. These flowers were in a neighbor’s yard and I designed this scene to include the purple wildflowers and mountains, which we’re nearby but not in the same composition. #artisticlicense #wildflowerfestival #crestedbutte #landscape #mariapeagler
I spent a lot of time composing this painting. It’s from a photograph of a farm with two barns, a truck, and the hay bales. The photo was a far away shot and in landscape format.
I was immediately drawn to the lines of the two barns where they intersected the hay bales. I played up the contrast there and made it the center of interest in the composition.
The tree on the right was my own addition, a little artistic license to keep you in the painting.
I used a split-complementary color scheme here of blue, red-orange and yellow-orange, with a little red-violet thrown in for accent.
I’ve been helping a friend who is struggling a bit with watercolor, and my advice was to learn to let the watercolor do the work. As Keiko Tanabe says, “you’re a team.” I let the colors mingle on the paper and granulate in the upper barn roof.
Those colors are my “secret recipe.” I use a Daniel Smith pigment that I’ve never heard of anyone else using, and I discovered it by accident. But it’s now my favorite, and I work it into as many paintings as possible.
I adore the way this turned out. This is my style: bold color and lots of drama.
The exercise was from Brienne M. Brown’s class on Composition over at OpenStudioOnline.com.
Is there any more southern tradition on a hot summer day than to go fishing on the bank of lake?
I did a lot of composing in this scene: the bridge was actually much further to the left about a half a mile. The bridge that was here was a common overpass, nothing interesting. I loved the metalwork of this bridge and wanted to include it.
I also made sure to create depth using aerial perspective: the trees in the back are much lighter and bluer than those in the middle and front.
This family was enjoying their afternoon: father, mother and son, fishing together.
Beautiful day in Dahlonega at Lake Zwerner. #watercolorpainting #landscape #mariapeagler
The sunset view from my porch every evening. This small 5×7″ study is one in a series I’m doing during winter when bare branches allow me to see more of the glorious colors.
Watercolor requires a lot of advance planning and perfect timing. I tend to be more spontaneous, so doing small studies lets me practice the wet-in-wet layers, progressing to wet-on-dry. My goal is to do enough studies that the process becomes instinct, so I can be spontaneous.
After 12 years of painting, watercolor still challenges me.
It’s snowing outside but I’m staying warm and painting Amicalola Falls. We’re expected to get 4-6″ of snow, so I won’t be able to get to the park and see the falls frozen. #watercolorpainting #landscape #georgiastateparks #mariapeagler