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Day's End
Media:  Watercolor on Arches #140 Cold Press Paper, Mounte...
Genre:  Landscape
Size: 6x6 in
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Artist's Notes

Artist's Notes:

One of the goals I have for this series of small landscape paintings is to try using as big a brush I can manage and carry the painting to as far a point as I could, as I did in the last painting, "Woodland Fall"; a second goal I have is to experiment with non-conventional brushes and surfaces without the worry of "failing", i.e., not turning out a beautiful little painting in the end.

For this 6" x 6", I used primarily a slanted 1" stiff bristle brush to lay in the soft sky and foreground snow on very wet paper, and added gradually thickened pigments to create the distant mountain with fir trees as well as to establish the general shape of the snow-laden evergreens in the foreground before the paper dried. The advantage of bristle brush is, they really can pick up and carry a lot more pigment (especially if your pigment is not fresh squeezed out of a tube) compared to traditional watercolor brushes, even the stiffer synthetic haired ones. Another advantage of these brushes is that they have very jagged hair, hence it is absolutely futile to try to get any detail out of them when painting. One is thus forced to pay attention to the general tone, color and overall silhouette of each value shape, and design the bigger picture before putting in the details (which would require switching to a different type of brush).

I did eventually switch to smaller bristle brushes to establish the darker crevices on the rocks, the branches of foreground fir, etc., and used a small rigger brush to suggest some bare branches of deciduous trees as well as shrubs, but most of the painting was done with the big 1" bristle that at times made me feel very awkward and not knowing what I was doing. Overcoming that awkward feeling was very liberating, since I know I am going beyond my own comfort zone, pushing myself to learn more and grow as a painter. The results is not always as exciting as the process itself, but in case of this little painting, I am feeling quite satisfied...

This painting is mounted on hardboard and varnished with clear acrylic matte varnish with UV protection, and can be displayed or framed without glass.

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‚ÄčAbout the Artworks: This is an original watercolor painting created with archival quality materials, and will be shipped with acid-free white mats and backing board ready for framing.About Shipping: The painting will be shipped with 3 business days of paymentwith secure, water-proof packaging to avoid any possible damage to the painting.About Return Policy: Buying art is a personal and subjective decision, and you are always invited to "try out" one of my paintings. If you are anything less than thrilled about the art after receiving it and looking at it in person, you can return it for a full refund as long as the painting is not damaged.


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