A friend of mine, Roger Holdsworth allowed me to use one of his photo’s of Olympic Valley, California as a reference image for this painting. I loved the atmosphere in the photo with the mist in deep valley between the pine forest and the mountains and wanted to try to create a similar atmosphere in a watercolour painting.
Painted on Hahnemuhle 200lb Watercolour paper
The painting came together quite well providing a feeling of distance and depth and the swirling mist in the mid-ground. I used a more panoramic letter-box size to add to the impact of the painting.
Just put the finishing touches to my latest creation that I hope you will like as much as I do! I call this one “Wild Summer Pathway”. It is painted with White Night professional artists watercolours on a new paper for me which is Matthew Palmer’s Fontaine 140lb watercolour block. This is nice paper to work on and has a canvas look and feel about it. It allows lifting of colour, masking and handles multiple washes very well too.
Painted on Matthew Palmer’s Fontaine 140lb watercolour block.
I thought that as my eldest daughter loves Giraffes I would attempt to paint one. If she likes it I will frame it for her!
Painted on Saunders Hot Press 140lb watercolour paper.
This was painted on Saunders Hot Press 140lb watercolour paper. I am not too fond of Hot Press paper as the paint tends to move around on top of the surface rather than soak into the paper but I am happy with how it came out okay in the end as is so often the case!
I found this an interesting subject to paint and really enjoyed painting it. I thought it best to keep the background light to keep the focus on the Giraffe itself and I seem to have accomplished that okay.
I am also pleased to add that my daughter loves it so now all I have to do is find the right frame and mount it!
I found a similar image to the one that I have painted and it inspired me to try and create something that had an atmospheric feel with mist rising from the water and a hazy middle ground. I had two attempts at this starting both of them at the same time and using slightly different approaches and techniques to each to see which would come out the best in the end. I also wanted to keep the painting loose and free as much as possible to add to the atmospheric feel too.
Atmospheric sunrise on Fabriano Artistico 140lb cold pressed watercolour paper.
Like all watercolour paintings at about the halfway mark both of the them looked pretty awful and I had my doubts if I could get either of them to look how I imagined they should! I was relieved by the time that I got the 3/4 of the way through point that this one really started to come together.
I used the different size for both paintings as I felt it added to the finished result to have them elongated producing a kind of panoramic feel. The chosen finished painting is shown here and I am really pleased with the result and it looks even better mounted and framed in a 12″ x 16″ frame which leaves lots of white mount board around the outside of the painting.