View Full Version : Wohlford Lake Rocks
03-28-2010, 11:28 PM
A perfect day in Southern Cal so I decided to try out my new Heilman backpacker box. I think I'm gonna like it a lot.
These are some rocks I found up by Lake Wohlford here in north San Diego County. Looking at this now I'm wondering if the background woods need to be cooled down a bit. Can't tell. What do ya think?
Thanks for looking...
9 x 12 pastel on Uart paper
Here's the quick watercolor underpainting:
03-29-2010, 08:41 AM
Thanks for showing the underpainting!
I agree, the background needs to be cooled a bit - the rocks are cool and then you have the warm browns - perhaps putting some of the warm browns in the rocks will tie the painting together a bit more.
Good job on the rock shapes!
03-29-2010, 11:28 AM
Oooooo, this is gorgeous!! I agree with Kathryn about the background.
03-29-2010, 12:10 PM
Randy Nice rocks they look great. I like the little lines on them, they look good in comparison to the more organic shapes of the rocks themselves.
I like the idea of muting down the background a bit more with cooler colors, I like the rocks as they are, the layering is done very well.
03-29-2010, 12:15 PM
03-29-2010, 12:31 PM
This is excellent! Agree that cooling the background might be better.
03-29-2010, 12:56 PM
Lovely rocks!! What about cooling the BG down a little, but not too much, and introduce a little of the orange shades into the foreground bushes at each side? Just a thought. It may not work as it could draw attention away from the rocks.
03-29-2010, 01:56 PM
Beautiful plein aire! Love the underpainting too! I agree that the background could be cooler. Your rocks rock! :cool:
03-29-2010, 03:25 PM
Thanks for all of the nice comments and suggestions. Here is a corrected version with a cooler background. Better? Now I see I'll need to correct some other temperatures. ;)
03-29-2010, 03:30 PM
Just beautiful Randy! I was hoping you were going to use some green and blues in the background :D
03-29-2010, 06:17 PM
:wave: Oh yes, a very good cooler background--just right. Can you show us your new heilman box? I have the pastel box, medium, and would love to see the backpacker style! I love plein-air and am glad to see you out there, too!
03-29-2010, 06:43 PM
Can you show us your new heilman box?
Someone else was asking me about it so I'll try to take a photo or two.
03-29-2010, 10:29 PM
I like..a lot!
03-30-2010, 12:33 AM
Thanks, Paula and Preston...
Wow: You knew just what to do. the second version is right-on. Super. Nailed it!!! Enjoyed the transformation, Derek
03-30-2010, 08:13 AM
The work in the bg is just right!
03-30-2010, 11:10 AM
The change you made has made a huge difference ! The rocks are fantastic and thank you so much for showing your underpainting. I really like this
03-30-2010, 11:45 PM
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