Rocky Mtn Stream Painting. 8″x10″

Rocky Mountain Stream 1

Did this from photo references taken during my trip out west. I learned something about paper while doing this painting and the first mountain picture. I used Canson XL Acrylic Paper (136 lb/290g) for the first one and Strathmore Acrylic Paper (246 lb/400g/m) for the one pictured in this post. Big Difference! I will always use the Strathmore from now on for anything I intend to spend some time and effort on.

After I photographed the first one I put Acrylic GLOSS Medium (Liquitex) on it. This darkened all the colors and I regretted it when it dried. On this one I had some Golden SATIN Medium & Varnish so I used that to protect it instead. This also was much better.

Also figured out that for taking reference photos and for photographing artwork to make sure the date feature is turned off!

*On both photos, some colors jump out like a couple of orange spots in this one and some bright green places on the other. These are not like that in the original paintings. Got to figure out how to avoid that!

California Trip 2

2Rocky Mountains 1 Painting

I went on a trip out to California from July 9th to July 22. I wanted to join up with the Urban Sketchers out there in San Francisco and also visit some relatives and to take pictures for paintings later. I will posting more about it. Above is an 8″x10″ acrylic painting (on Paper) I did of the Rocky Mountains in the National Park in Colorado. I’m working on another mountain picture from there with a stream in it now. I thought I’d work on paper till I gain more confidence and speed.

*The greens in the painting are integrated better in the painting than the photo shows. The photo makes them look out of place, like I randomly put bright green blobs here and there.