This is the view from a porch on the Rio Grand River in Creede, CO. I wanted to capture the blazing color of the setting sun on the water with watercolor and gouache.
I love the flat, decorative feel of Art Deco. I love pattern and bright colors, so a competition of painting my interpretation of a peacock was perfect for this style. The repeating pattern and vibrant colors of the feathers are in line with one of my favorite times in art and architecture.
This water color study was done to use the technique of lifting tree shapes out of a dark multi colored overlay. One goes on to lighten the brights with gouache and deepen and vary the darks with shades of purple, turquoise, and viridian.
This watercolor study from a trip to Colorado uses a dark underlay of deep forest shadows with tree shape lifted by brush to the aspen lights. I was most interested in variation of color among the light tones of the trees.