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Mountain Lake II



[note: the image seems to have ended up a bit blurrier than I would like--hopefully a better quality image to come eventually, it's just kinda hard to manage with something this big).

Second full-size version of a commission for some friends. This is the largest watercolor painting I've ever done--the paper is approx 2x4 feet (maybe slightly short of 4? difficult to measure) and the image smaller by 1-2 inches on each side. I will post the first version when I get around to it--I like both, but this one fixed some things that were bothering me with the first. Doing a painting this large seems to inevitably be a process of experimentation and problem-solving, as the size makes it difficult to do things as loosely as I usually do with watercolor. I tried to balance the light as well as possible in the photo, but honestly the effect can change so much depending on ambient lighting that any number of pictures could accurately represent the painting at one moment or another...

-I bought one of those big 10 yard rolls of Arches Rough 140 lb watercolor paper for this plus another large commission that I am really needing to get to. Pretty unwieldy to roll it out, cut it, and stretch it, but worth it for the experience of painting something so big.
-My brother helped me make a large frame to stretch and staple the paper on--super helpful, and I think the previous version of this would have gone more smoothly if I'd had the frame then. I think I have a picture of the frame on my IG (CallePaints)...
-Mostly Princeton Brushes plus a few random ones I've picked up: a large Princeton Elite 1 1/2 flat and a large Princeton Neptune mop for the sky, the large flat again for the mountains, a size 16 Elite for larger details, and a Princeton Kolinsky Sable that I surprisingly found for super cheap on Amazon for most of the other details--and a Rembrandt size 2 kolinsky for extra small details that was on sale at Lenz Arts in Santa Cruz. First time using Kolinsky, and it is amazing...
-Paints--Daniel Smith: French Ultramarine, Transparent red oxide (plus a mixture of the two I have ready ahead of time for a black/gray), Nickel Azo Yellow, Quin Rose and Quin Purple, Pyrrol Scarlet (the DS one is a warm red, whereas the MG paint of a similar name is a reddish orange); and M Graham: Cobalt Teal, Pthalo green BS, Pthalo Blue GS, Anth Blue... That might have been everything, though I expect I'm missing one or two.
Image size
4294x2133px 1.79 MB
Canon PowerShot SX530 HS
Shutter Speed
1/60 second
Focal Length
7 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Mar 12, 2019, 2:16:05 PM
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