Friday, February 17, 2012

Eucalyptus Road and Aspen Lane

These are two 11 inch by 14 inch watercolor paintings I recently did for my watercolor class at The School of Light and Color in Fair Oaks Village, California.  'Eucalyptus Road  ' has a soft early morning- like atmosphere while "Aspen Lane" has a more hard edge, crisp feel. So why this difference?

I used masking liquid to protect the tree trunks on the aspen as I was freely painting in the warm, Fall foliage. No masking was used on the eucalyptus trees, and I had to work carefully around the tree trunks. I also did my best to soften the edges of the foliage so that it blended in slightly with the sky. I think this helped to create a more diffused and softer early morning feel.

10 comments:

Lisa Graham Art said...

These are so nice. I love the details on the trunks of the lower painting and all the little details of color on the road of both of them.

Studio at the Farm said...

Both beautiful! I appreciate the tip on the hard and soft technique/appearance.

Dianne said...

Oh, Yes! Beautiful!

David Lobenberg said...

Lisa, Thanks, Those foreground spatters not only provide a nice textural element to the roads but aid in giving the painting a greater sense of depth.

David Lobenberg said...

You're welcomed, Studio on the Farm. Now get back to milking the cows! :-) On the other hand, maybe you need to get back to your painting.

David Lobenberg said...

Glad you like these two, Dianne.

Meera Rao said...

I like the airy light filled look of both--even when the 2nd one looks like path is leading into deep woods :) wonderful subtle details too!

David Lobenberg said...

Thank you Meera.

Barbara M. said...

Hi David,

Both are fantastic paintings but for me Aspen Lane knocks it out of the park. I can't explain why -- maybe colour, contrast.

They are both exquisite. You are a super painter.

Ciao,

Barbara

David Lobenberg said...

Barbara, mucho Ggacias senoirita!