Another Potomac river study

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


Another Potomac River study

I’ve drawn and painted this scene before on pink paper, on regular paper, with a pink casein background, and now with a focus on warm and cool colors. I’ve been looking at Monet’s paintings, and he worked on the same scene on the Seine (which reminds me of this scene a bit) over and over again with different lighting and color schemes. Thought I’d give it a try with lemon yellow, cad red, and cobalt blue in a moleskine pocket watercolor notebook focusing more on color than value, trying to learn from Monet. 

Potomac River

There’s a place in the Potomac River not far from my house that’s really peaceful. Not too many people go there. I tried to capture that sense of calm with an earth color palette of Prussian Blue, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, and Yellow Ochre. I think I’d do this a little differently again with the hanging branch left of center. The even split of the picture feels a little jarring.