Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Woodlands Waterfall

By the way, this pic that I'm using as my header temporarily, Woodlands Waterfall, looks pretty terrible online.  The colors are really, really off and I'm pretty sure I'm going to leave it up only for a couple days.  Believe me when I say that it IS really pretty in person.  I did it with colored inks on YUPO.  YUPO is a polyurethane paper (basically plastic) that is absolutely non-absorbant.  I added a lot of pearlescents into the water, so it fairly glows.
 If you view this in person, it looks so much better. I kept the brushstrokes big and loose to give it a painterly feeling and did a lot of direct painting on the 'paper' to let the colors mix there instead of in my pallet.  There are a lot of rich neutrals in the rocks and shadows that just don't come out in a photograph.  Close to our home there's a waterfall over by The Woodlands Waterway that we enjoy climbing around.  We had kids climbing all over the rocks and I took a bunch of shots only with my phone, but that was all I needed to spark the idea.  I'd actually like to do an entire series of Woodlands waterfalls as we've got a bunch of 'em.  Time, time, time!


  1. I like it and was trying to figure out 'what painting' ... then i read your post and realized it was the one i liked! so i think you should leave it but i know how you feel and if i think something doesn't look 'right', then i always take it down too...and it's very hard to photograph art anyway so you did good here ;) xx

  2. Thanks for the comment, Linda, you encourage me! Merry Christmas to you.

  3. Merry Christmas to you all from Sweden..
    I like what you do, the art and everything..!!
    Warm hugs from Sweden.. Roger

  4. Thank you, Roger. Merry Christmas to you, too.