Watercolor Landscape on Masa

Recently, I have been experimenting with painting magnolias and tulips in watercolor on masa paper. This week I decided to paint a landscape using this paper.

I used the method in my previous post to prepare my paper for painting.

Next, I removed the color profile from my reference photo so that I wouldn’t be influenced by the colors in the photo.

The colors I chose for this painting were: Hansa Yellow Medium, New Gamboge, Quinacridone Gold, Quinacridone Burnt Orange, Quinacridone Magenta, Permanent Rose, Scarlet Lake, Winsor Blue  (green), Royal Blue, Winsor Green (blue). In the following photo, I show the different color mixes I obtained using these pigments.

Then the fun began as I began loosely painting in the foliage.

Next, I began painting the gazebo and more foliage.

I thought I was finished. However, the evergreen tree on the right was bothering me.

So I asked the opinion of an artist friend of mine who told me the reason it was bothering me was because the value was darker than anything else in the painting and was pulling my eye away from the focal point which was the gazebo. So I photographed my painting and removed the color profile so I could judge the values better.

Sure enough, she was right. So I lifted some of the color from the evergreen.

She also suggested I add some pink in the grass to add some color harmony. This was a little more difficult as I could not totally remove the green. Therefore, my pink became neutralized by the green underneath. In other words, it was not as brilliant as the pinks in the trees.

Roger’s Gazebo
© Annie Glacken
11″ x 15″ $250

I was much happier with the painting after implementing my friend’s suggestions. So often, we have been concentrating on our painting for so long, we can’t see the forest through the trees.  An artist friend can look at it with “fresh eyes” and see the problem straight away. How about you? Do you have an artist friend that you trust to critique your paintings and make suggestions?

As always, all images are copyrighted. Thanks!



6 Replies to “Watercolor Landscape on Masa”

  1. I like how you lifted some of the color. My solution would have been to add more darks, but now that I see your finished piece, I think my solution would have muddied the landscape. Your art is always so light and airy. Love this, Annie!

    • Tonya, I know what you mean about muddying up a piece. I try not to fiddle around too much or that happens. It is always better to “get in and get out” if we can. Thank you for the compliment.

  2. It seems to be a “pointillist” style, like a french painter named Georges Seurat. Beautiful !

    • Laurence, you’re right I knew it had a feel of impressionism but I think you’re right about it looking “pointillist” in style–happy accident. Thank you!

    • Yes, removing the color profiles helps with not only color planning but seeing values as well. Although, most of the time I change things up! Thanks for commenting!