Teton Sky

VIDEO! The basic plan of my commission is sketched up on the canvas and I begin applying color in the sky. I “Paint Forward”, in other words I work from the background to the foreground. Sky first, then mountains, distant trees, barn and so on until I get to the foreground.

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The awesome line of the Tetons is now painted over the wet sky. Painting wet-into-wet enables me to make the edges soft so the mountains will recede.

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Sunlight streams over the jagged mountain tops.

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Our colors are mixed for the trees all decked out in their fall foliage. The color recipes are: #1. MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. #2. White + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue. #3. Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. #4. Three shades of MUD + Cadmium Yellow Medium + a little Cadmium Orange + White. #5. Ptahlo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. #6. Two mixes of White + Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange. If you’d like to know more about our Double Primary Color Mixing System that Jack developed CLICK HERE.

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The most distant trees are painted with mixes #2 and #3. The field is made with #6. You may click on the image to see it larger.

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The warmer mixtures #4 and #5 are reserved for the trees that are closer to the barn and foreground. Juxtaposed against the cooler trees in the background makes them come forward.

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The Tetons are complete. We’ll be working on the barn in our next session. Hope you come back for the barn raising! HUGS,

2 Responses to “Teton Sky”

  1. Mary Duncan Says:

    Love this!!!

  2. Richard MacDowell Says:

    Simply beautiful !!

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