Sunday, January 15, 2012

Urban River 3

"Santa Ana River #3 Footbridge"
watercolor on paper, 2012
7" x 10" (17.78cm x 25.4cm)
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Here is the third painting of this river. The other two, here and here.

Each explores the man/nature theme.
This one showing the man made structures of pedestrian bridge in the middle ground, two traffic bridges and the power poles and towers in the distant background. So more of this composition is of the man made vaguely looming over nature.

I experimented by placing the more saturated color across the middle with the top and bottom nearly monochromatic and more loosely painted.
This one was done on hot pressed paper which takes the watercolor differently. Besides being untextured (like cold pressed) watercolor washes heavy with pigment tend to go down slightly softer around the edges, as though the surface has the slightest bleed. It also seems to dry to a more velvety finish. I like the difference but it will take some time to get used to it.166

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  1. Apocalyptic tone is impressive for crepusculal light. I like the idea of ​​the effect of man on nature.

    1. Thank you Ricardo,
      It is an idea and theme that seems endless. Here I experimented in both the medium and the use of color and tone to communicate an idea.

      Gracias Ricardo,
      Se trata de una idea y el tema que parece no tener fin. Aquí he experimentado tanto en el medio y el uso del color y el tono de comunicar una idea.

  2. Replies
    1. Thanks Kan,
      And keep up the great work you're doing. It looks to me like you are having a lot of fun making it.

  3. stunning. your work evokes a feeling of peace in me, i absolutely love it. this is wonderful!

    1. Thanks Suzanne,
      I always like to hear others reactions. And despite the urban setting it is a peaceful place.

  4. Thank you Page,
    I appreciate your thoughts and your time visiting.