1/2/09

HOMETOWN

Recent posts have been from my archives of paintings from the last 20 years, and here's another one. In my hometown there's a city park with a creek running through it which is lined with huge Sycamore trees. An old covered bridge was moved from somewhere in the county and rebuilt across the creek, creating a scene often painted by local artists.

This painting was done with a traditional watercolor approach, background first, then middle ground, then foreground, working on the largest areas before smaller ones. Miskit was applied to the Sycamore branches and lightest part of the trunk, as well as the bridge roof and snow covered rocks in the stream, before painting anything. A limited palette of colors was also used to help create a sense of unity and simplicity in all the tangle of branches.

"WILDCAT CREEK" Transparent Watercolor on 140#CP Arches 110 x 22" COLLECTED

6 comments:

RHCarpenter said...

I enjoy taking these trips with you into your past, as far as watercolor painting goes. I like seeing how you've grown and your use of color that is so wonderful now, less traditional and purely Sandy Maudlin :)

Ces said...

Oh my gosh Sandy, this looks so real, it's almost photographic. I so desire to just watch you paint one of these watercolors. It's like watching a master in acion. Happy New Year to you!

Ann Buckner said...

I love traditional art and this one is just wonderful. Your attention to the least important areas, enhances the more important areas. So well done Sandy!

Dianne Mize said...

Wow, Sandy. This is lovely. Fancy that--we have a "Wildcat Creek" here in the north Georgia mountains. For a moment, I though you'd been here.

Love your work.

Vicki Greene said...

This is beautiful. I love the limited palette.

Sandy Maudlin said...

Thanks, y'll for stopping by. Appreciate the comments a bunch.