I’m almost (probably not quite) finished with this watercolor of downtown Rutland Vermont. I wandered around central Vermont late one night last September, and was struck by the stillness in this scene, and that sense of being lost in time a little bit. As usual the painting looked pretty awful for most of it’s progress!
7 thoughts on “Nocturne, Rutland Vermont Watercolor 22″ x 30″”
Jonathan, thanks for showing your process. What do you use to make your dwarf night skies? Barbara
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Thanks Barbara. I’m guessing you mean dark? After some experimentation, I use a blend of neutral tint, burnt umber and ultramarine blue for my blacks most of the time. For skies, I add a layer of prussian blue and/or indigo depending. Indigo however, will lift pretty easily and move around, so I try to use it last. I used to use sepia as well, but that really moves around, so I’ve mostly stopped.
Simply magical! Great setting
Hey bud…I’m loving your work. Are you familiar with Fairfield Porter? We saw his paintings at the Parrish Art Museum on Long Island — your early stages remind me of those
Thanks old friend! I am familiar with Fairfield Porter – recently read a biography of him called A Life in Art. Funny, because I have always been a huge fan of his brother Eliot’s photography, before I knew of him. I once took a workshop in Maine with David Dewey and wandered over to where their house in Maine was, and was wondering who lived there over the bridge…
Another beautiful picture!
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