Misty Morning Colors

I love misty mornings when colors are soft and hazy. In my watercolor studies, that’s the effect I’ve been learning to create. Some efforts have been better than others, but gradually I’m moving closer to my style, closer to creating the gentle images I love.

As you can tell, I’m working mostly with a palette of light blues, pinks, and grays. I’m focusing on skies, wanting to create a misty look. To me, that means letting the watercolors do whatever they please — within reason — so there are a lot of blooms. On one of these, I did go in after the paint was dry to add a bit of ink, just to see how it might look. I wasn’t happy with it, so I haven’t tried that again.

I’ve enjoyed painting with these colors, but now I think I’m ready to make a few changes. Doing this little series of “Misty Morning” watercolors has taught me a lot, so I’m looking forward to bringing more autumn colors into my palette and painting a few fall morning scenes.

Thanks for letting me share my artwork with you!

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    1. Thanks so much. I loved playing with these colors. Now as autumn comes, I’m going to change my palette to reflect the new season. I think I’ll enjoy painting with autumn colors.

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    1. Thank you! I’m using very inexpensive materials. These paintings were all done in a “Mixed Media” sketchbook by Art Street. I found it, I believe, in the children’s art section at Walmart. The manufacturer is Pacon Creative Products. I love their drawing papers for practice, so I was happy to find this “cheap” mixed media book. The paints are from a set of Crayola watercolors — again from the children’s art section at Walmart. Since I don’t do much with watercolor, I’m hesitant to invest in high-quality paints and papers, especially when I’m just playing around to try different things. I really do like the Crayola watercolor set, and I’ve heard other artists say the same thing. For cheap paints, they’re very nice. There’s a post on the site called “Paint Promenade”, and it has a link to the Crayola set if you want more information about it.

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      1. Ah, okay, thank you! I’ll probably do the same thing. I’m trying out watercolor pencil crayons first and hoping it works out as I’ve tried watercolours before and I could never get the hang of it (but to be honest I also didn’t put in the time). I’ll look up Paint Promenade. Thanks Judith!

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      2. Watercolor is hard! I’m not good at it, but I’m having fun playing with it. It’s really helped me loosen up, and it’s helped me develop a better overall attitude toward art. Doing watercolor has helped me find a sense of freedom and creativity that was missing from my art before. And with “cheap” supplies — I feel a lot more adventurous, more willing to try different things.

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  1. These are lovely, Judith. šŸ™‚ I love landscapes that spin a little imaginative color and form into the realism, so watercolours plus mist plus pastels is a very effective combination to create a dreamy landscape. It’s a reminder that I need to keep pushing my own boundaries where a little imagination can turn landscapes into something extraordinary.

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    1. Thanks. For me, that’s what watercolor has become… not an “art medium” but more a chance to play with colors and imagination. I let the colors do their own thing with very little guidance or direction from me. If it looks good, great. Not so good? Oh, well. It’s nice to just put paint on the page and not be concerned with results. I enjoyed the soft colors I used in this series of paintings, and I’m looking forward to making a few changes in my palette now to reflect the change of seasons.

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