Another Potomac river study

I am planning to do a series of very large Potomac river landscapes, so am trying some some different compositions.


Delaware sunset

I found this composition sketched out in my book from over the summer, so thought I’d finish it off. My reference photo had a giant utility pole in it. I resisted the temptation, and left it out of this. This one was done with Prussian blue, nickel azo yellow, and transparent pyrrol orange. Prussian blue and transparent pyrrol orange are good complements of equal strength, so mix a rich black that can be easily tinted. The Daniel Smith version of the orange is really more like a vermilion or cadmium scarlet, but without the opacity. I am finding it to be a useful color.

A first experiment with gouache

I have never tried gouache before. This 5×7 of the Gallatin River in Montana is my first attempt. I could probably spend some more time to make it a little better, but I am not sure I have the patience today. Still lots to learn about this medium.  This was done with Holbein gouache–Prussian Blue, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, and Titanium White–on Fabriano Tiziano blue paper.