Let the water be your guide

vrijdag 4 april 2014

Painting a misty scene Plein Air

Adrie Hoekstra and myself went painting on location, the weather forecast was sunny all day!
Well it wasn’t really the case in the morning. It was chilly, and I was happy I brought my fleece jacket.
But when we arrived it was a gorgeous view. The mist above the marshes and the churches just appeared on the Horizon!

The first wash was a grey misty color with a yellow touch above the horizon,
so I went for Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna, with loads of water.
Loads of water doesn’t mean loads of water in your brush, make always sure you don’t paint with a blob of water,
but with a solution that comes nice from your brush.
For the touch of yellow in the sky, I took Raw Sienna very diluted also.
Top to bottom a gradated wash with these colors.
After that it did take ages to dry it seemed, After it dried a minute or ten,
I dropped in the far away line of trees with the same mixture, only a stiffer mix.
Paper was still damp, so the color did spread nicely, and not uncontrollable.
Then was the moment I must wait patiently that all was dry, so I could get along, without creating mud.
We did a coffee and Adrie did bring a traditional treat from Zeeland, the Dutch Zeeland that is!
The sun did came out some more, so I could go on, the churches were put in place with the rest of what was left on my palette,
and the distant line of trees also, I just added yellow tinted pigments to the same greys on the palette,
so I stayed in balance with my colors.
Grass on the right were done,middle and left, and I made sure it disappeared on the horizon, just by adding water.
camI dropped some raw Sienna and Burnt Sienna in the wet washes. And I put some heavier color in the water, only in the front!
Drying time again!
After that, I added a few simple details, still not sure about the fence, but what can you do, its watercolor!
Details are mixed from Ultramarine and Burnt Sienna in heavy consistency!
For a more dramatic misty feeling, I brushed away some distance views, and decided it was done!
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We did have a fine morning in the Eilandspolder.

Soft light over the waterways

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