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Eliz
06-05-2001, 04:25 PM
I got back last week from a 10 day backpacking and painting trip. After all the talk last month about Winsor and Newton Light Red, I went out and bought a tube especially for the trip. This is the first painting where I used it. The colors are WN Light Red, Cobalt Blue, and Quinacridone Gold. I used straight Light Red on the tree trunk, and mixed it with Cobalt Blue to get the various grays of the rocks. (I'm not sure Quin Gold was the best choice to mix the greens. I'm afraid they clash a bit with the rest of the painting.)

In heavy or dark applications (for example, the shadowed ground in the lower right corner), the light red seems duller than a similar color mixed from staining transparents (say, Permanent Carmine, Thalo Blue, and Azo Yellow). But the Light Red/Cobalt Blue mix makes beautiful feathery grays that can be easily shifted from warm to cool.

It is 10x14, painted on an Arches 140lb hardbound spiral pad I bought for the trip. I was a little afraid the pages would ripple, but it turned out not to be a problem. They rippled a little when painting, but not too much to be useable. And after the paintings were dry, I interleaved the pages with paper towels, misted the towels lightly with water from a tiny spray bottle, then set a rock on top of the pad. After about a half hour, the pages would be nice and flat.

Liz

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[This message has been edited by Eliz (edited June 05, 2001).]

Sister Mary
06-05-2001, 05:06 PM
I agree with you on the trees. However, those rocks are incredible. I guess they are honest injun boulders, huh? Wow! Being in Virginia I don't get to see stuff like that; except in paintings and photos. Nice job.
Mary

faymcivor
06-05-2001, 05:55 PM
I love your rocks,try another ,but this time leave the tree out of it,the rocks look awesome http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Fay

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oleCC
06-05-2001, 08:59 PM
Interesting to read your experiences with that light red... I do use it quite a bit. I agree about the tree too..rocks are great!
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Eliz
06-05-2001, 10:07 PM
Thanks for the comments. I'm considering doing this one at a larger size, so the input is good.

This trip was a wonderful opportunity to paint rocks. Huge Rocks! To give an idea of scale, the tree trunk is over 3 feet thick!

When you are talking about removing the tree, are you talking about the background foliage, or the foreground tree trunk? I definitely want to do something different with the background. Either make it just sky, or change the color green. (Maybe a darker, less saturated forest green?) Huge pine trees are such an identifying characteristic of these mountains, that I would really like to include the foreground tree somewhere in the picture. Plus, when I removed it digitally, it seemed to throw the composition off. I could perhaps shift it around, maybe behing the rocks...

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olika
06-06-2001, 07:11 AM
I think the tree back in behind looks good. It also gives the proper perspective to the actual size of the rocks. I like the work in your rocks. Very nice http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

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Leaflin
06-06-2001, 02:12 PM
The composition with the tree behind the rocks is the most pleasing.
Love the rocks.
Could you add something else to show scale? I can't think of anything, but something that would say "this tree trunk is three feet wide". http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

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MissMouse
06-06-2001, 09:36 PM
Originally posted by leaflin:
The composition with the tree behind the rocks is the most pleasing.
Love the rocks.
Could you add something else to show scale? I can't think of anything, but something that would say "this tree trunk is three feet wide". http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

How about a mouse : ) I really like the tree behind the rocks. This picture is great.



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Rod
06-09-2001, 07:37 AM
Great rocks, I too use Light Red a lot, good earthy colour,
Rod.

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Eliz
06-09-2001, 03:53 PM
Thanks everyone for your comments. I sad now. I just got my photos back from the trip. I was sure I had taken a reference photo of these rocks, but I didn't. I may be back in the general area one day next week, but to get to this particular scene would require a $22 tram ride, then a 5 mile round trip hike. I'm trying to decide if it is worth the effort just to get reference pictures. In the past, when I have tried to paint large pictures in the studio, working only from a small painting, I haven't been happy with the result. I guess I don't have a good memory for the details that didn't fit on the little painting, but that would enhance a larger work...

faymcivor
06-10-2001, 04:44 AM
Yes paint a larger painting it will look fab http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif and it looks great with the tree behind the rock.Hope to see the larger painting when finished Liz Fay

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