View Full Version : Painting Spring in the Mountains

06-22-2015, 12:01 AM
The calendar says it's the first day of summer but in the mountains it's still spring as far as I'm concerned, and it looks it. I spent the morning painting in Big Cottonwood Canyon near the bottom of Cardiff Fork, one of my favorite plein air painting spots but I found a different spot in that area I've never been to before and had four hours of fun. I decided to step up my game size wise and took larger panels than I normally use.

This one is 14" X 11"


This one is 16" X 12". All I had to do was move my stuff about 15 ft and turn right for this scene.


I know, some people don't like all these bright greens, some artists are even afraid of them, but I love them and I'll paint them as I see them!

06-22-2015, 01:08 AM
Really nice!

06-22-2015, 02:15 AM
I really like that second one especially David. Nice contrast in colours, values and textures. Do you mix your greens or do you have favourite tube greens? I have been mixing mine for the past 8 months or so, but I am beginning to feel like experimenting with greens from the tube again.

Charlie's Mum
06-22-2015, 07:53 AM
I LIKE your greens! They make me :envy: :lol:

#2 is particularly nice.

06-22-2015, 08:24 AM
I also like your greens. A favorite color of mine. Love the second one. Nice composition too.

06-22-2015, 08:42 AM
I like these.

The bright greens are definitely out there. Besides that your palette has good harmony so the greens work well.

06-22-2015, 10:19 AM
Beautiful work David. I prefer the second one due to more contrast but both are nice.

06-22-2015, 10:23 AM
I love the bright greens, and they really are like that in spring.

06-22-2015, 11:25 AM
Thanks Gayle.

Thanks Colin. I mix my greens, I've never used tube greens much except viridian and even then only in watercolor because UB and Cad yellow doesn't make a clean green for some reason in watercolor, at least not with the Holbein brand. My acrylic palette includes UB (green shade), yellow oxide (ochre), cad yellow medium, and cad yellow light for mixing greens.

Thanks Maureen. Both my Dad and stepmom prefer #2 as well, there definately is more variety if tone and color in it.

Thanks Cindy, Cliff, Christopher, Michelle

Charlie's Mum
06-22-2015, 11:41 AM
David - I wonder if your w/colour UB was a warm one - hence the unsatisfactory green from the mix! ... whereas the green-shade version is cool.

06-22-2015, 12:54 PM
I guess it's possible Maureen. Holbein only makes two UB's for watercolor, they call one deep, and one light, I don't remember which one I have, if the deep leans red that might explain it.

The two blues on my acrylic palette are both UB, one red shade the other green shade, they look close on the palette but behave very different in mixes. I can't even make a real green with the red shade.

Charlie's Mum
06-22-2015, 04:22 PM
Yes, the mix turns kind of khaki mud!:lol:

Keith Mayberry
06-22-2015, 11:20 PM
Living in SW Colorado I go to the mountains often. I live at 7000 feet and drive up to 11,000 feet or so. Colors are as you painted them. I am like you. I paint what I see. Never could paint to make the scene colors different than reality as they just did not look right to me. I love your greens. The second image is very nice.

06-23-2015, 06:30 AM
I like the 2nd one too, especially with the little bits of blue in the foreground.

06-23-2015, 10:39 AM
Goregous colors!

06-23-2015, 12:00 PM
David: way to make wonderful greens. very nice my friend.:thumbsup:

06-23-2015, 07:21 PM
Thanks Keith, Elisabeth, Marion, Derek.

Keith, I do sometimes vary from the natural colors in my paintings, but not usually on a plein air painting, I couldn't resist those vibrant greens anyway!

06-23-2015, 08:48 PM