January 27, 2014 – “Frozen Marsh, Cider Hill Road”, 7″ x 10″, matted to 11″ x 14″.

Frozen Marsh, Cider Mill Road - watercolor plein air landscape by Tony ConnerThe sun is gone and overcast is back. Snow is forecast for later in the day.  Without the sun, the landscape is back to it’s brown and gray look.  This scene had an abstract quality that was attractive and I was looking forward to the challenge of managing the narrow value range and to find ways to introduce color into the painting.

Introducing color into the distant forest shapes was first – the gray mixture is a combination of thalo blue and cadmium red – an unusual but useful mixture to create livelier grays.   For unity, the thalo blue was used to mix the greens for the distant  fir trees.  The broad patches marsh grasses were mixed and mingled with earth color right off the palette. and was used in light tints through out the painting.  The addition of a few details finished up the work.

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