While I was painting this I kept thinking about abstract paintings and how I really wanted to make sure I paid attention to the patterns and the movement in the water rather then the water.The movement in the water is what really attracted me to this subject. There was white water everywhere!
With this one I started by applying some masking fluid to retain the white of the paper. Once that dried I stared by adding some cobalt and cerulean blue mixed with cobalt violet, olive green and raw sienna. I let the colors mingle as much as possible on the paper rather then in my pallet. Once that had dried I went in with darker mixtures of the same colors plus a bit of prussian blue and burnt sienna to build up the rock forms. I let this mingle and blend with the first wash. I then removed the masking fluid and went back and adjusted some of the light values and punched up some of the dark values.
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Size: 3.5 inches x 5 inches on (approximately) 4.5 inch x 6 inch paper.
Medium: original watercolor
Signed on front. Signed and dated on back.