Finished the Crested Butte plein air piece, August 11, 2010

plein air watercolor at Crested Butte

I finally finished the watercolor that I spent an hour working on location at Crested Butte last evening.  Initially, I was satisfied with the church cupola, but very unsatisfied with the distant mountain range.  It had turned to a dark slate gray.  I took a washcloth soaked in water and scrubbed the mountain range until it was light again.  Then I worked on contrasting warm and cool colors, just as I had seen it live.  Thanks to a digital camera and this laptop computer, I could project the image of the landscape that I had photographed just before beginning the plein air study. Technology can be such a wonderful friend, especially outside the studio.  I’m satisfied now with the light and shadow contrasts within the mountain range–those were what prompted me to do this study to begin with.

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2 Responses to “Finished the Crested Butte plein air piece, August 11, 2010”

  1. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    I really like the way you handled the values in this painting. The light mid-ground seems to glow. The reds and roses also add zing.


  2. David Tripp Says:

    Thank you. I’m glad I decided to go ahead and re-work it. I thought the mountains were worth an extra try.


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