View Full Version : Ay Caramba!

06-06-2001, 05:05 PM
Here's another painting from my backpacking trip. The name of the falls is Caramba. It's a really beautiful spot, with a series of waterfalls from a few inches, to 20 feet, separated by swirling potholes carved out of the rock by the water. I spent three days there, painting, swimming and resting. It would have been paradise, except for the ferocious biting flies.

Again, I was playing with my new tube of light red. This time I used it with ultramarine blue, and quin gold. (There are also tiny bits of cerulean blue and perm carmine.) The darks seemed more dramatic with the ultramarine than with the cobalt, also, I think the quin gold worked better in this painting than in the last one.

I painted this one over two mornings, being forced to stop by 12:30, when the light would shift. I was trying to capture the feeling of a cool shadowed grotto as a sanctuary from the heat. The temps were in the 90's, and I painted perched on a rock in the middle of the stream, with my feet dangling in the water, being very careful not to drop anything! Not even when provoked by deer flies!

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06-06-2001, 09:15 PM
Absolutely gorgeous!! Your grays are wonderful, your treatment of the water is wonderful ... I need to find a thesaurus ...

A glorious painting http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif


06-06-2001, 10:15 PM
This is just beautiful! I really like the surreal style your paintings take. There is much feeling involved in this and you captured the essence of the place perfectly.

"Everything is not art and Art is not everything, but it comes close."....carly

06-06-2001, 10:44 PM
And ditto. Superb painting! Yes, it has a surrealistic feel to it.

06-07-2001, 07:26 AM
I love your colours and how you have applied them. Very nice http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

Why do I make it so hard?

06-07-2001, 02:30 PM
It surely does show your wonderfully unique style...and the colors are great. That quin.gold is a favorite of mine http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif


06-08-2001, 01:24 PM
Looks like a stained glass window. It really glows. I like the blooms or backruns in the water. Overall, it is just so cool!

06-08-2001, 02:28 PM
Yes, just lovely http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Sounds like you had fun http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

"Baby, keep smilin', you know the sun is shinin'" Lou Bega

06-08-2001, 09:34 PM
Thanks everyone. On this one I was having fun with the blooms and backruns. I'd wet each rock segment with light gray, drop in the darks for the shadow, then drop in a couple of drops of clear water and watch the pigment crawl around. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

I do love the quin gold. That and WN cobalt blue are the two tubes of paint that have started shrinking alarmingly!

Here's a question: When I did the drawing, I included one more tree, up above the falls. Once I painted the falls, and lower tree, I liked how it looked, and postponed adding the tree, but the pencil outline is still there. I've sketched in the additional tree in Photoshop. What do you think - in or out?

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06-08-2001, 09:47 PM
I vote to keep the tree in, great picture. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

Every child is an artist, The problem is to remain an artist when he grows up,----Pablo Ruizy Picasso.

06-09-2001, 05:21 AM
I also agree with Hugh leave the tree in,your painting is delightful Eliz http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Fay

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