Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Sunrise Over The Capitol

This is a watercolor of the Calif. state capitol in the morning light. The sky was "painted with little atomizer bottles of red, yellow and blue with these three colors mixing on the paper (140lb. cold press watercolor paper). The foreground foliage was painted very wet on dry with the colors blending while I held the paper in a vertical position. When all was dry, watercolor and whitl opaque paints were splattered and flung on top.

22 comments:

Myrna said...

Love the foreground! An interesting idea to "spray" and squirt the sky area. Can't wait to try it myself.

Barbara M. said...

Hi David,

A wildly cheerful painting with a bit of flinging, and a bit of mixing on the paper. Lovely energy. It looks like the Capitol is very happy to be right where it is.

Take care,

Barbara

Mike said...

This one is kickin', Bud! Nawt Baaad !!! ;-)

Arti said...

I agreee wit Barbara..its a cheerful painting.My first reaction was "Wow"! You have created a very interesting mixing of colors but with each one maintaining its own identity!Love this painting.

Kathy said...

What an explosion of color!! I love the looseness of this painting. I really admire this since I do not paint like this but wish I could :)

Lost in wonder said...

Stunning!!! Those colors threw me off the lurking mode, WOW!!!!

David Lobenberg said...

Myrna, Have fun sprayin and spritzin, girl!

Amber Massey said...

Gorgeous as usual!! :)

David Lobenberg said...

Barbara, It's a happy capitol...at least in my painting...the state's financial situation sucks!

David Lobenberg said...

Mike, Thanks dooood and friend!

David Lobenberg said...

Thank you Arti.

David Lobenberg said...

Kathy, It's not easy and does not always lead to success, but throwing a certain modicum of caution to the wind is fun!

David Lobenberg said...

Gladya no longer lurking, Lost In Wonder.

Carrie said...

We just had Tom Lynch here with us in Portland for 3 days at the Oregon Society of Artists. I'm very familiar now with those little spray bottles - I am "One with those little spray bottles.
He says be sure to spray clean water through them when you fisnish for the day because they will plug up after a while.

David Lobenberg said...

Thanks Amber. Hope you are having a gas in the art dept. at CSUS!

David Lobenberg said...

Hi Carrie! Yea, Tom loves the little spritzers. Good idea about the after-use cleaning.

ANURAG MEHTA said...

David,the foreground has become really fantastic...it reminds me an Indian festival HOLI,which is celebrated with sprinkling colors...

bonnieluria said...

Nice contrast of the architecture in the background and the joyous splashing of color in the foreground.
You have so many styles and seem to master every medium you use.

David Lobenberg said...

Anurage, I know about the Indian holiday of Holi from another Indian artist who follows me. Her name is Arti.
Thanks for the comment, and I enjoy seeing your wonderful watercolors on your blog.

David Lobenberg said...

Comrade Bonnie. This was a particularly satisfying water color. Ahh, if only every painting could be like this. Well...maybe not... that would make my creative life boring.

Joanne said...

Ohhhhh - very beautiful! I LOVE the abstractness of the foreground compared to the realism of the building in the background... and the colors are "gorgeous" ... very effective!

David Lobenberg said...

Thank you fellow watercolorist Joanne!